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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
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Asteroid 8 Flora

Above the horizon.  Rise: 5:05 | Tran: 13:06 | Set: 21:08
Altitude: 12.4°   Azimuth: 69.8°   Direction: East-North-East

Asteroid 8 Flora is currently in the constellation of Gemini, at a distance of 447,854,859 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 8 Flora is 06h 11m 00s and the Declination is +22° 14’ 24” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, UK). The current magnitude of Asteroid 8 Flora is 10.60 (JPL).

Finder chart of 8 Flora in Gemini on June,22 2024
Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Gemini on June, 22 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Asteroid 8 Flora has an orbital period of 3.27 years and a semi-major axis of approximately 2.2 astronomical units (AU), which places it in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered on October 18, 1847, by astronomer John Russell Hind, and is named after the Roman goddess of flowers and gardens. Flora has a diameter of approximately 136 kilometers and is irregularly shaped, with a rotation period of about 8.67 hours. Flora is also the largest member of the Flora family of asteroids, a group of objects that share similar orbital and physical characteristics. The Flora family is thought to have formed from the collisional breakup of a larger asteroid, possibly due to a collision with a planetesimal or a disruptive event in the early solar system. The study of Flora and its family of asteroids has provided important insights into the history and evolution of the main asteroid belt and the formation of the solar system.

06h 11m 00s
+22° 14’ 24”

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

Azimuth: 67.8°
Max altitude: 60.8°
Azimuth: 292.2°
  • 8 Flora is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 12° above the horizon.
  • 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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Additional Resources

Asteroid 8 Flora Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 8 Flora
Map showing Asteroid 8 Flora in Gemini on June, 22 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 06h 11m 00s
Dec: +22° 14’ 24”
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 447,854,859 kilometers, equivalent to 2.993725 Astronomical Units. Light takes 24 minutes and 53.8830 seconds to travel from Asteroid 8 Flora and arrive to us.

24 minutes and 53.8830 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 and Light Curve

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
Next perihelion transit 2027-May-09 07:00
2,461,534.7920 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
2024 Jun 15 05h 53m 13s +22° 05’ 03” 10.66 Orion
2024 Jun 16 05h 55m 41s +22° 06’ 48” 10.65 Orion
2024 Jun 17 05h 58m 09s +22° 08’ 25” 10.64 Orion
2024 Jun 18 06h 00m 37s +22° 09’ 52” 10.64 Gemini
2024 Jun 19 06h 03m 03s +22° 11’ 11” 10.63 Gemini
2024 Jun 20 06h 05m 31s +22° 12’ 21” 10.62 Gemini
2024 Jun 21 06h 07m 59s +22° 13’ 23” 10.61 Gemini
2024 Jun 22 06h 10m 26s +22° 14’ 16” 10.60 Gemini
2024 Jun 23 06h 12m 52s +22° 15’ 00” 10.59 Gemini
2024 Jun 24 06h 15m 20s +22° 15’ 34” 10.58 Gemini
2024 Jun 25 06h 17m 47s +22° 16’ 01” 10.57 Gemini
2024 Jun 26 06h 20m 12s +22° 16’ 19” 10.56 Gemini
2024 Jun 27 06h 22m 40s +22° 16’ 28” 10.57 Gemini
2024 Jun 28 06h 25m 05s +22° 16’ 29” 10.58 Gemini