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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)

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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Position

Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension is 15h 01m 49s and the Declination is -04° 36’ 36”.

15h 01m 49s
-04° 36’ 36”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in Libra on October, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is right now (view fullscreen)

6478 Gault
RA: 15h 01m 49s
Dec: -04° 36’ 36”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Distance

The distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) from Earth is currently 418,778,513 kilometers, equivalent to 2.799361 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 16.8948 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) and arrive to us.

418,778,513
2.799361
23 minutes and 16.8948 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 0.98987051 Astronomical Units, or 148,082,521 kilometers:

Fri May 27 2072
148,082,521
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 18.71.

18.71

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: 94.6°
Max altitude: 33.9°
Azimuth: 265.3°
Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19358727
Orbit inclination i 22.81132238°
Perihelion distance q 1.85889831 AU
278,087,230 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.75139177 AU
411,602,351 km
Semi-major axis a 2.30514504 AU
344,844,791 km
Orbital period period 3.5000 years
1,278.3383 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-02 21:03:22
2,458,851.3773 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 83.267692428936°
Longitude of the ascending node node 183.55763410205°
Mean anomaly M 289.34903025175°
Mean motion n 0.28161559°/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
2019 Oct 14 14h 45m 07s -03° 44’ 12” 18.75 Virgo
2019 Oct 15 14h 47m 26s -03° 51’ 42” 18.74 Libra
2019 Oct 16 14h 49m 45s -03° 59’ 09” 18.74 Libra
2019 Oct 17 14h 52m 05s -04° 06’ 33” 18.73 Libra
2019 Oct 18 14h 54m 24s -04° 13’ 53” 18.73 Libra
2019 Oct 19 14h 56m 44s -04° 21’ 09” 18.72 Libra
2019 Oct 20 14h 59m 05s -04° 28’ 21” 18.72 Libra
2019 Oct 21 15h 01m 27s -04° 35’ 30” 18.71 Libra
2019 Oct 22 15h 03m 47s -04° 42’ 33” 18.70 Libra
2019 Oct 23 15h 06m 10s -04° 49’ 33” 18.70 Libra
2019 Oct 24 15h 08m 31s -04° 56’ 30” 18.69 Libra
2019 Oct 25 15h 10m 54s -05° 03’ 21” 18.69 Libra
2019 Oct 26 15h 13m 17s -05° 10’ 09” 18.68 Libra
2019 Oct 27 15h 15m 39s -05° 16’ 50” 18.68 Libra