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Asteroid 8 Flora

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 8 Flora is 02h 50m 27s and the Declination is +03° 42’ 49” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 8 Flora is 8.08 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 8 Flora [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

02h 50m 27s
+03° 42’ 49”
  • 8 Flora is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 8 Flora is visible with the help of a binocular with a 30-40mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
  • See also 8 Flora rise and set times.
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Asteroid 8 Flora Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 8 Flora finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Cetus on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Cetus on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 8 Flora is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

8 Flora
RA: 02h 50m 27s
Dec: +03° 42’ 49”
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 from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth is currently 132,144,659 kilometers, equivalent to 0.883332 Astronomical Units. Light takes 7 minutes and 20.7871 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

7 minutes and 20.7871 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 0.874989 Astronomical Units, or 130,896,460 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 8.08.


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: 86.3°
Max altitude: 42.3°
Azimuth: 273.8°

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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15583276
Orbit inclination i 5.88908013°
Perihelion distance q 1.85836214 AU
278,007,019 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54446719 AU
380,646,874 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20141466 AU
329,326,947 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,193.0296 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-26 01:47:44
2,459,148.5748 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.45892174057°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.87652311008°
Mean anomaly M 315.31801017094°
Mean motion n 0.30175279°/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 Oct 15 02h 56m 32s +04° 18’ 48” 8.26 Cetus
2020 Oct 16 02h 55m 51s +04° 14’ 02” 8.24 Cetus
2020 Oct 17 02h 55m 09s +04° 09’ 18” 8.21 Cetus
2020 Oct 18 02h 54m 25s +04° 04’ 36” 8.19 Cetus
2020 Oct 19 02h 53m 39s +04° 00’ 01” 8.17 Cetus
2020 Oct 20 02h 52m 51s +03° 55’ 28” 8.14 Cetus
2020 Oct 21 02h 52m 03s +03° 51’ 02” 8.12 Cetus
2020 Oct 22 02h 51m 12s +03° 46’ 41” 8.10 Cetus
2020 Oct 23 02h 50m 21s +03° 42’ 27” 8.08 Cetus
2020 Oct 24 02h 49m 28s +03° 38’ 18” 8.06 Cetus
2020 Oct 25 02h 48m 34s +03° 34’ 18” 8.04 Cetus
2020 Oct 26 02h 47m 39s +03° 30’ 26” 8.02 Cetus
2020 Oct 27 02h 46m 44s +03° 26’ 44” 8.01 Cetus
2020 Oct 28 02h 45m 47s +03° 23’ 09” 8.00 Cetus