Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1)
The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 20h 23m 35s and the Declination is -08° 09’ 13” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 19.01 (JPL).
- 6478 Gault is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 30° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 6478 Gault is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.
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.
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Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Distance from Earth
The distance of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) from Earth is currently 363,154,803 kilometers, equivalent to 2.427540 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 11.3540 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 2013 and 30 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:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.86081372 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2023-Jul-04 01:53:00
|Next perihelion transit||2027-Jan-03 00:26
|Argument of perihelion||peri||83.150081837605°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||183.52776004818°|
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!
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.
|2023 Nov 27||20h 06m 47s||-08° 01’ 44”||18.96||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 28||20h 08m 58s||-08° 03’ 15”||18.97||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 29||20h 11m 11s||-08° 04’ 37”||18.97||Aquila|
|2023 Nov 30||20h 13m 23s||-08° 05’ 48”||18.98||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 01||20h 15m 34s||-08° 06’ 50”||18.99||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 02||20h 17m 47s||-08° 07’ 41”||18.99||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 03||20h 19m 59s||-08° 08’ 22”||19.00||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 04||20h 22m 10s||-08° 08’ 54”||19.01||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 05||20h 24m 23s||-08° 09’ 16”||19.01||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 06||20h 26m 35s||-08° 09’ 29”||19.02||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 07||20h 28m 46s||-08° 09’ 30”||19.03||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 08||20h 30m 59s||-08° 09’ 24”||19.03||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 09||20h 33m 11s||-08° 09’ 07”||19.04||Aquila|
|2023 Dec 10||20h 35m 21s||-08° 08’ 41”||19.05||Aquila|