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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 00h 01m 47s and the Declination is -05° 27’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 17.68 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

00h 01m 47s
-05° 27’ 25”
Pisces
17.68
  • 6478 Gault is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 31° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 6478 Gault is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 6478 Gault rise and set times.
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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) 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 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in Pisces on October, 22 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in Pisces on October, 22 2020
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 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

6478 Gault
RA: 00h 01m 47s
Dec: -05° 27’ 25”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) from Earth is currently 214,096,628 kilometers, equivalent to 1.431148 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 54.1495 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) and arrive to us.

214,096,628
1.431148
11 minutes and 54.1495 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) 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.

Distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 6478 Gault from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) to Earth happens on Fri May 27 2072 at a distance of 0.989871 Astronomical Units, or 148,082,526 kilometers:

Fri May 27 2072
148,082,526
0.989871

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

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 17.68.

17.68

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1), 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 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 95.4°
Max altitude: 33.1°
Azimuth: 264.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19372677
Orbit inclination i 22.81118580°
Perihelion distance q 1.85881339 AU
278,074,526 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.75206373 AU
411,702,875 km
Semi-major axis a 2.30543856 AU
344,888,701 km
Orbital period period 3.5000 years
1,278.5825 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-02 16:43:45
2,458,851.1971 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jul-04 06:42
2,460,129.7796 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 83.212881770384°
Longitude of the ascending node node 183.53884561137°
Mean anomaly M 42.03800638465°
Mean motion n 0.28156181°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) 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 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 15 00h 05m 48s -03° 42’ 29” 17.42 Pisces
2020 Oct 16 00h 05m 13s -03° 56’ 44” 17.46 Pisces
2020 Oct 17 00h 04m 40s -04° 10’ 44” 17.49 Pisces
2020 Oct 18 00h 04m 08s -04° 24’ 23” 17.52 Pisces
2020 Oct 19 00h 03m 37s -04° 37’ 42” 17.56 Pisces
2020 Oct 20 00h 03m 06s -04° 50’ 43” 17.59 Pisces
2020 Oct 21 00h 02m 39s -05° 03’ 24” 17.62 Pisces
2020 Oct 22 00h 02m 12s -05° 15’ 43” 17.65 Pisces
2020 Oct 23 00h 01m 46s -05° 27’ 45” 17.68 Pisces
2020 Oct 24 00h 01m 23s -05° 39’ 24” 17.72 Pisces
2020 Oct 25 00h 01m 00s -05° 50’ 44” 17.75 Pisces
2020 Oct 26 00h 00m 41s -06° 01’ 41” 17.78 Pisces
2020 Oct 27 00h 00m 21s -06° 12’ 20” 17.81 Pisces
2020 Oct 28 00h 00m 03s -06° 22’ 36” 17.84 Cetus