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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 Capricornus on January, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
21h 26m 57s
-17° 28’ 53”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = 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: 107.5°
Max altitude: 21.0°
Azimuth: 252.5°

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
2017 Jan 16 10.91 21h 11m 17s -18° 32’ 38” Capricornus
2017 Jan 17 10.90 21h 13m 32s -18° 23’ 49” Capricornus
2017 Jan 18 10.90 21h 15m 46s -18° 14’ 56” Capricornus
2017 Jan 19 10.89 21h 18m 00s -18° 05’ 56” Capricornus
2017 Jan 20 10.88 21h 20m 13s -17° 56’ 48” Capricornus
2017 Jan 21 10.87 21h 22m 27s -17° 47’ 36” Capricornus
2017 Jan 22 10.86 21h 24m 42s -17° 38’ 17” Capricornus
2017 Jan 23 10.85 21h 26m 57s -17° 28’ 53” Capricornus
2017 Jan 24 10.85 21h 29m 11s -17° 19’ 22” Capricornus
2017 Jan 25 10.84 21h 31m 24s -17° 09’ 46” Capricornus
2017 Jan 26 10.83 21h 33m 38s -17° 00’ 02” Capricornus
2017 Jan 27 10.82 21h 35m 53s -16° 50’ 14” Capricornus
2017 Jan 28 10.81 21h 38m 08s -16° 40’ 20” Capricornus
2017 Jan 29 10.80 21h 40m 22s -16° 30’ 20” Capricornus

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15699964
Orbit inclination i 5.88684820°
Perihelion distance q 1.85550157 AU
277,579,085 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54663553 AU
380,971,254 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20106855 AU
329,275,169 km
Orbital period period 3.2700 years
1,192.7482 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Jul-20 13:17:54
2,457,955.0541 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.37283189899°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.90523036445°
Mean anomaly M 252.9870735591°
Mean motion n 0.30182397°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2020-Oct-31
Distance of closest approach* 0.87602803 AU
131,051,929 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.