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Asteroid 8 Flora

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Asteroid 8 Flora Position

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 22h 36m 58s and the Declination is -10° 58’ 11”.

22h 36m 58s
-10° 58’ 11”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 8 Flora is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Aquarius on April, 07 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 8 Flora is right now (view fullscreen)

8 Flora
RA: 22h 36m 58s
Dec: -10° 58’ 11”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 8 Flora
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 8 Flora?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 8 Flora in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 8 Flora Distance

The distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth is currently 408,386,411 kilometers, equivalent to 2.729895 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 42.2304 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 42.2304 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 8 Flora from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 8 Flora to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 8 Flora to Earth happens on Fri Nov 1 2069 at a distance of 0.87498879 Astronomical Units, or 130,896,460 kilometers:

Fri Nov 1 2069

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 8 Flora brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 8 Flora is 11.07.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 8 Flora, 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 8 Flora between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 8 Flora rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 8 Flora rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.0°
Max altitude: 27.6°
Azimuth: 259.1°
Asteroid 8 Flora is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 8 Flora touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 8 Flora Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 8 Flora at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15583276
Orbit inclination i 5.88908013°
Perihelion distance q 1.85836214 AU
278,007,019 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54446719 AU
380,646,874 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20141466 AU
329,326,947 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,193.0296 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-26 01:47:44
2,459,148.5748 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.45892174057°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.87652311008°
Mean anomaly M 315.31801017094°
Mean motion n 0.30175279°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 8 Flora Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 8 Flora with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 8 Flora 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 8 Flora
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Asteroid 8 Flora Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 8 Flora. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 135.89 km 0.0107
Sideral Rotation 12.8650 hours 0.5375
Absolute Magnitude 6.49
Geometric Albedo 0.2426

Asteroid 8 Flora 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 8 Flora computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 8 Flora in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 31 22h 22m 04s -12° 11’ 44” 11.09 Aquarius
2020 Apr 01 22h 24m 07s -12° 01’ 42” 11.09 Aquarius
2020 Apr 02 22h 26m 11s -11° 51’ 39” 11.09 Aquarius
2020 Apr 03 22h 28m 14s -11° 41’ 34” 11.08 Aquarius
2020 Apr 04 22h 30m 17s -11° 31’ 27” 11.08 Aquarius
2020 Apr 05 22h 32m 20s -11° 21’ 16” 11.08 Aquarius
2020 Apr 06 22h 34m 23s -11° 11’ 06” 11.08 Aquarius
2020 Apr 07 22h 36m 25s -11° 00’ 51” 11.07 Aquarius
2020 Apr 08 22h 38m 29s -10° 50’ 36” 11.07 Aquarius
2020 Apr 09 22h 40m 31s -10° 40’ 19” 11.06 Aquarius
2020 Apr 10 22h 42m 33s -10° 30’ 02” 11.06 Aquarius
2020 Apr 11 22h 44m 35s -10° 19’ 41” 11.06 Aquarius
2020 Apr 12 22h 46m 36s -10° 09’ 20” 11.05 Aquarius
2020 Apr 13 22h 48m 38s -09° 58’ 56” 11.05 Aquarius