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Asteroid 5 Astraea

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Asteroid 5 Astraea Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 5 Astraea is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Asteroid 5 Astraea in Ophiucus on January, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
17h 26m 09s
-19° 05’ 03”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 5 Astraea Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 5 Astraea rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 109.1°
Max altitude: 19.4°
Azimuth: 250.9°

Asteroid 5 Astraea Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 5 Astraea with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 5 Astraea and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid 5 Astraea
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Asteroid 5 Astraea Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 5 Astraea computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 5 Astraea in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jan 16 12.32 17h 14m 17s -18° 56’ 16” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 17 12.32 17h 16m 00s -18° 57’ 47” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 18 12.32 17h 17m 43s -18° 59’ 12” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 19 12.33 17h 19m 24s -19° 00’ 32” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 20 12.33 17h 21m 06s -19° 01’ 48” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 21 12.34 17h 22m 49s -19° 02’ 57” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 22 12.34 17h 24m 29s -19° 04’ 04” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 23 12.34 17h 26m 09s -19° 05’ 03” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 24 12.34 17h 27m 51s -19° 06’ 00” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 25 12.35 17h 29m 30s -19° 06’ 51” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 26 12.35 17h 31m 09s -19° 07’ 36” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 27 12.35 17h 32m 49s -19° 08’ 18” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 28 12.36 17h 34m 27s -19° 08’ 54” Ophiucus
2017 Jan 29 12.36 17h 36m 06s -19° 09’ 28” Ophiucus

Distance of Asteroid 5 Astraea from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 5 Astraea from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 5 Astraea is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 5 Astraea from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Asteroid 5 Astraea

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 5 Astraea, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Asteroid 5 Astraea between January 2013 and January 2030

Asteroid 5 Astraea Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 5 Astraea. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 119.07 km 0.0093
Sideral Rotation 16.8000 hours 0.7019
Absolute Magnitude 6.85
Geometric Albedo 0.2268

Asteroid 5 Astraea Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 5 Astraea at epoch 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19155221
Orbit inclination i 5.36795413°
Perihelion distance q 2.08122158 AU
311,346,318 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.06746364 AU
458,886,030 km
Semi-major axis a 2.57434261 AU
385,116,174 km
Orbital period period 4.1300 years
1,508.6828 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jan-30 23:22:42
2,457,418.4741 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-18 15:45
2,458,927.1569 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 358.87889591109°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.59196169646°
Mean anomaly M 43.434789928907°
Mean motion n 0.23861874°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2016-Feb-15
Distance of closest approach* 1.09542465 AU
163,873,195 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.