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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 October, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
12h 46m 13s
-00° 31’ 11”

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: 90.5°
Max altitude: 38.0°
Azimuth: 269.4°

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 Oct 13 12h 33m 57s +00° 42’ 42” 11.49 Virgo
2018 Oct 14 12h 35m 36s +00° 32’ 36” 11.50 Virgo
2018 Oct 15 12h 37m 17s +00° 22’ 32” 11.51 Virgo
2018 Oct 16 12h 38m 57s +00° 12’ 32” 11.51 Virgo
2018 Oct 17 12h 40m 36s +00° 02’ 31” 11.52 Virgo
2018 Oct 18 12h 42m 15s -00° 07’ 24” 11.53 Virgo
2018 Oct 19 12h 43m 54s -00° 17’ 21” 11.54 Virgo
2018 Oct 20 12h 45m 33s -00° 27’ 15” 11.54 Virgo
2018 Oct 21 12h 47m 13s -00° 37’ 08” 11.55 Virgo
2018 Oct 22 12h 48m 52s -00° 46’ 58” 11.56 Virgo
2018 Oct 23 12h 50m 31s -00° 56’ 47” 11.56 Virgo
2018 Oct 24 12h 52m 10s -01° 06’ 33” 11.57 Virgo
2018 Oct 25 12h 53m 49s -01° 16’ 17” 11.58 Virgo
2018 Oct 26 12h 55m 27s -01° 25’ 59” 11.58 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 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15695095
Orbit inclination i 5.88680930°
Perihelion distance q 1.85563985 AU
277,599,771 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54657103 AU
380,961,604 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20110544 AU
329,280,688 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,192.7782 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jul-20 07:24:31
2,457,954.8087 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Oct-25 02:05
2,459,147.5869 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.27636009974°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.90002377872°
Mean anomaly M 74.153658272614°
Mean motion n 0.30181638°/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.