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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 03h 43m 15s and the Declination is +05° 55’ 00” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 19.77 (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]:

03h 43m 15s
+05° 55’ 00”
Taurus
19.77
  • 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 42° 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 Taurus on May, 12 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in Taurus on May, 12 2021
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: 03h 43m 15s
Dec: +05° 55’ 00”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) from Earth is currently 545,241,095 kilometers, equivalent to 3.644712 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 18.7285 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) and arrive to us.

545,241,095
3.644712
30 minutes and 18.7285 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 0.989870 Astronomical Units, or 148,082,517 kilometers:

Fri May 27 2072
148,082,517
0.989870

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 19.77.

19.77

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: 84.1°
Max altitude: 44.4°
Azimuth: 275.9°

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 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19360988
Orbit inclination i 22.81303173°
Perihelion distance q 1.85873646 AU
278,063,018 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.75128147 AU
411,585,851 km
Semi-major axis a 2.30500897 AU
344,824,434 km
Orbital period period 3.5000 years
1,278.2251 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-02 13:50:06
2,458,851.0765 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jul-03 19:14
2,460,129.3016 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 83.171908729632°
Longitude of the ascending node node 183.53765844414°
Mean anomaly M 98.411826489618°
Mean motion n 0.28164052°/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
2021 May 05 03h 30m 48s +05° 24’ 24” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 06 03h 32m 26s +05° 28’ 42” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 07 03h 34m 05s +05° 32’ 56” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 08 03h 35m 44s +05° 37’ 05” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 09 03h 37m 23s +05° 41’ 08” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 10 03h 39m 02s +05° 45’ 09” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 11 03h 40m 41s +05° 49’ 04” 19.77 Taurus
2021 May 12 03h 42m 20s +05° 52’ 54” 19.77 Taurus
2021 May 13 03h 43m 59s +05° 56’ 39” 19.77 Taurus
2021 May 14 03h 45m 38s +06° 00’ 21” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 15 03h 47m 17s +06° 03’ 57” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 16 03h 48m 56s +06° 07’ 29” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 17 03h 50m 35s +06° 10’ 57” 19.78 Taurus
2021 May 18 03h 52m 14s +06° 14’ 20” 19.78 Taurus