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Asteroid 8 Flora

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Asteroid 8 Flora Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 8 Flora 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 8 Flora in Aquarius on February, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 36m 02s
-11° 53’ 13”
 = 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 8 Flora Rise and Set Times

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

Azimuth: 101.9°
Max altitude: 26.6°
Azimuth: 258.1°

Asteroid 8 Flora Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Feb 16 10.61 22h 20m 29s -13° 15’ 38” Aquarius
2017 Feb 17 10.59 22h 22m 42s -13° 04’ 05” Aquarius
2017 Feb 18 10.58 22h 24m 56s -12° 52’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Feb 19 10.57 22h 27m 09s -12° 40’ 44” Aquarius
2017 Feb 20 10.56 22h 29m 22s -12° 28’ 58” Aquarius
2017 Feb 21 10.55 22h 31m 36s -12° 17’ 07” Aquarius
2017 Feb 22 10.54 22h 33m 48s -12° 05’ 12” Aquarius
2017 Feb 23 10.53 22h 36m 02s -11° 53’ 13” Aquarius
2017 Feb 24 10.52 22h 38m 14s -11° 41’ 12” Aquarius
2017 Feb 25 10.51 22h 40m 27s -11° 29’ 05” Aquarius
2017 Feb 26 10.50 22h 42m 41s -11° 16’ 57” Aquarius
2017 Feb 27 10.50 22h 44m 53s -11° 04’ 44” Aquarius
2017 Feb 28 10.50 22h 47m 07s -10° 52’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Mar 01 10.50 22h 49m 19s -10° 40’ 08” Aquarius

Distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 8 Flora 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 8 Flora is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Asteroid 8 Flora

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 January 2030

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 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 8 Flora at epoch 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15699964
Orbit inclination i 5.88684820°
Perihelion distance q 1.85550157 AU
277,579,085 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54663553 AU
380,971,254 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20106855 AU
329,275,169 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,192.7482 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jul-20 13:17:54
2,457,955.0541 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.37283189899°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.90523036445°
Mean anomaly M 252.9870735591°
Mean motion n 0.30182397°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2020-Oct-31
Distance of closest approach* 0.87602803 AU
131,051,929 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.