The Solar System at your Fingertips
Dwarf Planets and Asteroids » 

Asteroid 8 Flora

Available Resources

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 November, 22 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 22m 27s
+18° 00’ 24”
9.20
 = 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: 72.0°
Max altitude: 56.5°
Azimuth: 288.0°

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
View Asteroid 8 Flora in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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 Nov 15 9.34 07h 21m 26s +17° 50’ 03” Gemini
2017 Nov 16 9.32 07h 21m 42s +17° 51’ 07” Gemini
2017 Nov 17 9.30 07h 21m 56s +17° 52’ 20” Gemini
2017 Nov 18 9.28 07h 22m 06s +17° 53’ 40” Gemini
2017 Nov 19 9.26 07h 22m 15s +17° 55’ 09” Gemini
2017 Nov 20 9.24 07h 22m 23s +17° 56’ 45” Gemini
2017 Nov 21 9.22 07h 22m 27s +17° 58’ 31” Gemini
2017 Nov 22 9.20 07h 22m 27s +18° 00’ 24” Gemini
2017 Nov 23 9.17 07h 22m 27s +18° 02’ 26” Gemini
2017 Nov 24 9.15 07h 22m 23s +18° 04’ 36” Gemini
2017 Nov 25 9.13 07h 22m 18s +18° 06’ 56” Gemini
2017 Nov 26 9.11 07h 22m 09s +18° 09’ 24” Gemini
2017 Nov 27 9.09 07h 21m 57s +18° 12’ 01” Gemini
2017 Nov 28 9.07 07h 21m 44s +18° 14’ 45” 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 5.88653521°
Perihelion distance q 1.85572123 AU
277,611,946 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 09:29:40
2,457,954.8956 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Oct-25 10:01
2,459,147.9174 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.31021468637°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.90092464125°
Mean anomaly M 13.761343450854°
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.