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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:01  ☀️ Transit: 12:06  🌅 Sunset: 18:11

Asteroid 8 Flora

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 8 Flora is 20h 26m 42s and the Declination is -18° 30’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 8 Flora is 11.43 (JPL).

20h 26m 42s
-18° 30’ 41”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 8 Flora from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.5°
Max altitude: 20.0°
Azimuth: 251.5°
  • 8 Flora is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Given its current magnitude, 8 Flora is visible with the help of a binocular with a 70-80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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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 Capricornus on March, 21 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Capricornus on March, 21 2023
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: 20h 26m 42s
Dec: -18° 30’ 41”
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 403,871,937 kilometers, equivalent to 2.699717 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 27.1718 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 27.1718 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 8 Flora from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 1900 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Asteroid 8 Flora to Earth happens on Mon Oct 30 1922 at a distance of 0.873221 Astronomical Units, or 130,632,051 kilometers:

Mon Oct 30 1922

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 11.43.


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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 8 Flora as a function of time

Asteroid 8 Flora Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 8 Flora at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15639056
Orbit inclination i 5.88919984°
Perihelion distance q 1.85681598 AU
277,775,718 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.54525894 AU
380,765,319 km
Semi-major axis a 2.20103746 AU
329,270,519 km
Orbital period period 3.2655 years
1,192.7230 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2024-Feb-01 13:39:23
2,460,342.0690 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 285.60923865392°
Longitude of the ascending node node 110.86400357168°
Mean anomaly M 256.9040989839°
Mean motion n 0.30183036°/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
2023 Mar 14 20h 13m 24s -19° 05’ 40” 11.47 Capricornus
2023 Mar 15 20h 15m 16s -19° 00’ 56” 11.46 Capricornus
2023 Mar 16 20h 17m 08s -18° 56’ 09” 11.46 Capricornus
2023 Mar 17 20h 19m 00s -18° 51’ 20” 11.45 Capricornus
2023 Mar 18 20h 20m 52s -18° 46’ 26” 11.45 Capricornus
2023 Mar 19 20h 22m 42s -18° 41’ 30” 11.44 Capricornus
2023 Mar 20 20h 24m 33s -18° 36’ 30” 11.43 Capricornus
2023 Mar 21 20h 26m 24s -18° 31’ 28” 11.43 Capricornus
2023 Mar 22 20h 28m 14s -18° 26’ 25” 11.42 Capricornus
2023 Mar 23 20h 30m 03s -18° 21’ 16” 11.41 Capricornus
2023 Mar 24 20h 31m 54s -18° 16’ 08” 11.41 Capricornus
2023 Mar 25 20h 33m 42s -18° 10’ 55” 11.40 Capricornus
2023 Mar 26 20h 35m 30s -18° 05’ 41” 11.39 Capricornus
2023 Mar 27 20h 37m 18s -18° 00’ 24” 11.39 Capricornus