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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 Virgo on December, 10 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 08m 28s
-07° 55’ 40”
11.70

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 97.9°
Max altitude: 30.6°
Azimuth: 262.1°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 03 13h 56m 42s -06° 59’ 24” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 04 13h 58m 15s -07° 07’ 01” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 05 13h 59m 49s -07° 14’ 35” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 06 14h 01m 23s -07° 22’ 06” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 07 14h 02m 56s -07° 29’ 32” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 08 14h 04m 28s -07° 36’ 54” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 09 14h 06m 02s -07° 44’ 12” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 10 14h 07m 33s -07° 51’ 24” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 11 14h 09m 06s -07° 58’ 32” 11.70 Virgo
2018 Dec 12 14h 10m 37s -08° 05’ 36” 11.69 Virgo
2018 Dec 13 14h 12m 10s -08° 12’ 37” 11.69 Virgo
2018 Dec 14 14h 13m 41s -08° 19’ 32” 11.69 Virgo
2018 Dec 15 14h 15m 12s -08° 26’ 22” 11.69 Virgo
2018 Dec 16 14h 16m 42s -08° 33’ 09” 11.69 Virgo

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 December 2075

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 December 2075

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 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 5.88695414°
Perihelion distance q 1.85718974 AU
277,831,632 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54633863 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 285.28746072938°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.88932993589°
Mean anomaly M 194.88289656304°
Mean motion n 0.30168094°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2069-Nov-01
Distance of closest approach* 0.87498880 AU
130,896,462 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.