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Asteroid 8 Flora

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Asteroid 8 Flora Position

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 16h 33m 05s and the Declination is -20° 02’ 06”.

16h 33m 05s
-20° 02’ 06”

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

Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Ophiucus on October, 15 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

8 Flora
RA: 16h 33m 05s
Dec: -20° 02’ 06”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 8 Flora
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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 437,937,537 kilometers, equivalent to 2.927432 Astronomical Units. Light takes 24 minutes and 20.8024 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

24 minutes and 20.8024 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 0.87498880 Astronomical Units, or 130,896,462 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 11.50.


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: 110.0°
Max altitude: 18.5°
Azimuth: 249.9°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15649925
Orbit inclination i 5.88695456°
Perihelion distance q 1.85718974 AU
277,831,632 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54633864 AU
380,926,839 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20176419 AU
329,379,235 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,193.3137 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-25 07:46:01
2,459,147.8236 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.28746221746°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.88932989013°
Mean anomaly M 194.88289515398°
Mean motion n 0.30168094°/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
2019 Oct 08 16h 20m 16s -19° 21’ 08” 11.49 Scorpius
2019 Oct 09 16h 21m 56s -19° 26’ 47” 11.50 Scorpius
2019 Oct 10 16h 23m 36s -19° 32’ 21” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 11 16h 25m 18s -19° 37’ 54” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 12 16h 27m 01s -19° 43’ 22” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 13 16h 28m 44s -19° 48’ 47” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 14 16h 30m 27s -19° 54’ 06” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 15 16h 32m 11s -19° 59’ 25” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 16 16h 33m 56s -20° 04’ 37” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 17 16h 35m 40s -20° 09’ 47” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 18 16h 37m 26s -20° 14’ 53” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 19 16h 39m 11s -20° 19’ 54” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 20 16h 40m 59s -20° 24’ 51” 11.50 Ophiucus
2019 Oct 21 16h 42m 46s -20° 29’ 44” 11.50 Ophiucus