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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 40m 38s and the Declination is +13° 02’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) is 18.00 (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 40m 38s
+13° 02’ 35”
Pisces
18.00
  • 6478 Gault is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 51° 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 August, 07 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) in Pisces on August, 07 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 40m 38s
Dec: +13° 02’ 35”
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 220,269,982 kilometers, equivalent to 1.472414 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 14.7416 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6478 Gault (1988 JC1) and arrive to us.

220,269,982
1.472414
12 minutes and 14.7416 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 0.98987053 Astronomical Units, or 148,082,523 kilometers:

Fri May 27 2072
148,082,523
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 18.00.

18.00

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: 77.0°
Max altitude: 51.6°
Azimuth: 283.0°

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 0.19372678
Orbit inclination i 22.81118522°
Perihelion distance q 1.85881337 AU
278,074,522 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.75206375 AU
411,702,878 km
Semi-major axis a 2.30543856 AU
344,888,700 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 83.212883341336°
Longitude of the ascending node node 183.53884374907°
Mean anomaly M 42.038007678768°
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 Jul 31 00h 38m 14s +13° 40’ 59” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 01 00h 38m 39s +13° 36’ 33” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 02 00h 39m 03s +13° 31’ 47” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 03 00h 39m 25s +13° 26’ 45” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 04 00h 39m 46s +13° 21’ 24” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 05 00h 40m 05s +13° 15’ 44” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 06 00h 40m 22s +13° 09’ 47” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 07 00h 40m 36s +13° 03’ 30” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 08 00h 40m 50s +12° 56’ 54” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 09 00h 41m 02s +12° 49’ 59” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 10 00h 41m 12s +12° 42’ 46” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 11 00h 41m 20s +12° 35’ 12” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 12 00h 41m 26s +12° 27’ 19” 18.00 Pisces
2020 Aug 13 00h 41m 30s +12° 19’ 05” 18.00 Pisces