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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 Gemini on February, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
06h 25m 01s
+24° 32’ 08”
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 = 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: 65.5°
Max altitude: 63.1°
Azimuth: 294.5°

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
2018 Feb 14 9.56 06h 23m 30s +24° 14’ 26” Gemini
2018 Feb 15 9.58 06h 23m 38s +24° 17’ 11” Gemini
2018 Feb 16 9.61 06h 23m 45s +24° 19’ 51” Gemini
2018 Feb 17 9.64 06h 23m 57s +24° 22’ 27” Gemini
2018 Feb 18 9.67 06h 24m 10s +24° 24’ 59” Gemini
2018 Feb 19 9.69 06h 24m 24s +24° 27’ 25” Gemini
2018 Feb 20 9.72 06h 24m 42s +24° 29’ 48” Gemini
2018 Feb 21 9.74 06h 25m 01s +24° 32’ 08” Gemini
2018 Feb 22 9.77 06h 25m 23s +24° 34’ 22” Gemini
2018 Feb 23 9.80 06h 25m 47s +24° 36’ 32” Gemini
2018 Feb 24 9.82 06h 26m 13s +24° 38’ 36” Gemini
2018 Feb 25 9.85 06h 26m 42s +24° 40’ 37” Gemini
2018 Feb 26 9.87 06h 27m 11s +24° 42’ 34” Gemini
2018 Feb 27 9.90 06h 27m 43s +24° 44’ 27” Gemini

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 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15702875
Orbit inclination i 5.88653456°
Perihelion distance q 1.85572123 AU
277,611,945 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54708900 AU
381,039,092 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20140512 AU
329,325,519 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,193.0218 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jul-20 09:29:39
2,457,954.8956 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Oct-25 10:01
2,459,147.9174 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.31021854589°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.9009188114°
Mean anomaly M 13.761346643236°
Mean motion n 0.30175475°/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.