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Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3)

Altitude: -26.6°   Azimuth: 232.3°   Direction: South-West

Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) is currently in the constellation of Norma, at a distance of 304,330,446 kilometers from Earth.

Finder chart of 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) in Norma on February,23 2024
Map showing Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) in Norma on February, 23 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) is 16h 28m 36s and the Declination is -43° 41’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) is 18.29 (JPL).

16h 28m 36s
-43° 41’ 41”
Norma
18.29

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

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Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of 3122 Florence (1981 ET3)
Map showing Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) in Norma on February, 23 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

3122 Florence (1981 ET3)
RA: 16h 28m 36s
Dec: -43° 41’ 41”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3)
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Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) from Earth is currently 304,330,446 kilometers, equivalent to 2.034323 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 55.1371 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) and arrive to us.

304,330,446
2.034323
16 minutes and 55.1371 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) 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 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) 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 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) to Earth happens on Sat Sep 2 2017 at a distance of 0.047399 Astronomical Units, or 7,090,844 kilometers:

Sat Sep 2 2017
7,090,844
0.047399

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3), 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 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) as a function of time

Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42321664
Orbit inclination i 22.14385856°
Perihelion distance q 1.02025720 AU
152,628,305 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.51749120 AU
376,611,324 km
Semi-major axis a 1.76887420 AU
264,619,815 km
Orbital period period 2.3526 years
859.2981 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jun-08 22:40:03
2,459,739.4445 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Oct-15 05:49
2,460,598.7426 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 27.867251609492°
Longitude of the ascending node node 336.06371971297°
Mean anomaly M 109.36831768951°
Mean motion n 0.41894658°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) 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 3122 Florence (1981 ET3)
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Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Feb 16 16h 14m 38s -42° 01’ 18” 18.42 Scorpius
2024 Feb 17 16h 16m 29s -42° 14’ 39” 18.40 Scorpius
2024 Feb 18 16h 18m 21s -42° 28’ 00” 18.38 Norma
2024 Feb 19 16h 20m 13s -42° 41’ 22” 18.37 Norma
2024 Feb 20 16h 22m 06s -42° 54’ 47” 18.35 Norma
2024 Feb 21 16h 23m 58s -43° 08’ 12” 18.34 Norma
2024 Feb 22 16h 25m 50s -43° 21’ 41” 18.32 Norma
2024 Feb 23 16h 27m 42s -43° 35’ 11” 18.30 Norma
2024 Feb 24 16h 29m 35s -43° 48’ 42” 18.28 Norma
2024 Feb 25 16h 31m 27s -44° 02’ 17” 18.27 Norma
2024 Feb 26 16h 33m 20s -44° 15’ 52” 18.25 Norma
2024 Feb 27 16h 35m 12s -44° 29’ 30” 18.23 Scorpius
2024 Feb 28 16h 37m 05s -44° 43’ 11” 18.21 Scorpius
2024 Feb 29 16h 38m 57s -44° 56’ 54” 18.20 Scorpius