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Asteroid 8 Flora

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Asteroid 8 Flora Position

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 55m 19s and the Declination is -21° 04’ 18”.

19h 55m 19s
-21° 04’ 18”

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 Sagittarius on January, 22 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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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: 19h 55m 19s
Dec: -21° 04’ 18”
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 478,289,790 kilometers, equivalent to 3.197170 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 35.4030 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

26 minutes and 35.4030 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 10.95.


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: 111.1°
Max altitude: 17.5°
Azimuth: 249.0°
Asteroid 8 Flora is below 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 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
2020 Jan 15 19h 39m 18s -21° 35’ 52” 10.85 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 16 19h 41m 30s -21° 31’ 54” 10.87 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 17 19h 43m 41s -21° 27’ 48” 10.88 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 18 19h 45m 51s -21° 23’ 38” 10.90 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 19 19h 48m 03s -21° 19’ 19” 10.91 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 20 19h 50m 14s -21° 14’ 54” 10.92 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 21 19h 52m 26s -21° 10’ 24” 10.94 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 22 19h 54m 38s -21° 05’ 47” 10.95 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 23 19h 56m 48s -21° 01’ 02” 10.96 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 24 19h 58m 59s -20° 56’ 12” 10.97 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 25 20h 01m 10s -20° 51’ 16” 10.97 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 26 20h 03m 23s -20° 46’ 14” 10.98 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 27 20h 05m 34s -20° 41’ 04” 10.99 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 28 20h 07m 45s -20° 35’ 48” 11.00 Capricornus