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Asteroid 6 Hebe

Asteroid 6 Hebe is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 17h 37m 23s and the Declination is -12° 33’ 02” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 11.24 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 6 Hebe [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]:

17h 37m 23s
-12° 33’ 02”
  • 6 Hebe is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 1° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 6 Hebe is visible with the help of a binocular with a 70-80mm aperture or a small telescope.
  • See also 6 Hebe rise and set times.
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Asteroid 6 Hebe Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe in Serpens on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 6 Hebe in Serpens on January, 21 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 6 Hebe is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

6 Hebe
RA: 17h 37m 23s
Dec: -12° 33’ 02”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 6 Hebe
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 6 Hebe?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 6 Hebe in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 6 Hebe Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 6 Hebe from Earth is currently 502,058,017 kilometers, equivalent to 3.356051 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 54.6853 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6 Hebe and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 54.6853 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 6 Hebe to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 6 Hebe to Earth happens on Wed Sep 21 2044 at a distance of 0.974147 Astronomical Units, or 145,730,328 kilometers:

Wed Sep 21 2044

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

Asteroid 6 Hebe brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 11.24.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 6 Hebe, 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 6 Hebe between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.5°
Max altitude: 26.0°
Azimuth: 257.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 6 Hebe at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20321883
Orbit inclination i 14.73965295°
Perihelion distance q 1.93182199 AU
288,996,458 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.91724336 AU
436,413,396 km
Semi-major axis a 2.42453268 AU
362,704,927 km
Orbital period period 3.7800 years
1,378.9245 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Mar-10 12:42:09
2,459,649.0293 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 239.73627076612°
Longitude of the ascending node node 138.64343361822°
Mean anomaly M 190.68649642188°
Mean motion n 0.26107303°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 6 Hebe Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 6 Hebe with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 6 Hebe 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 6 Hebe Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 6 Hebe. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 185.18 km 0.0145
Sideral Rotation 7.2745 hours 0.3039
Absolute Magnitude 5.71
Geometric Albedo 0.2679

Asteroid 6 Hebe 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 6 Hebe computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 6 Hebe in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 14 17h 24m 37s -12° 26’ 47” 11.25 Serpens
2021 Jan 15 17h 26m 17s -12° 27’ 53” 11.25 Serpens
2021 Jan 16 17h 27m 59s -12° 28’ 54” 11.25 Serpens
2021 Jan 17 17h 29m 39s -12° 29’ 51” 11.25 Serpens
2021 Jan 18 17h 31m 21s -12° 30’ 42” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 19 17h 33m 02s -12° 31’ 27” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 20 17h 34m 42s -12° 32’ 08” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 21 17h 36m 23s -12° 32’ 41” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 22 17h 38m 03s -12° 33’ 11” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 23 17h 39m 43s -12° 33’ 37” 11.24 Serpens
2021 Jan 24 17h 41m 24s -12° 33’ 56” 11.23 Serpens
2021 Jan 25 17h 43m 04s -12° 34’ 09” 11.23 Serpens
2021 Jan 26 17h 44m 44s -12° 34’ 18” 11.23 Serpens
2021 Jan 27 17h 46m 23s -12° 34’ 22” 11.23 Serpens