Asteroid 6 Hebe
6 Hebe is a main-belt asteroid located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered on 1 July 1847 by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Hencke and is named after the Greek goddess of youth. Hebe has a diameter of approximately 186 kilometers and is irregularly shaped, with a rotation period of about 7.3 hours. Hebe orbits the Sun once every 3.78 Earth years. Hebe is also the parent body of the Hebe family of asteroids, which are believed to have originated from the fragmentation of a larger parent body.
The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 13h 32m 44s and the Declination is +00° 14’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 11.35 (JPL).
- 6 Hebe is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 6 Hebe is visible with the help of a binocular with a 70-80mm aperture or a small telescope.
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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.
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.
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 520,762,931 kilometers, equivalent to 3.481085 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28 minutes and 57.0782 seconds to travel from Asteroid 6 Hebe and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 1900 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Asteroid 6 Hebe to Earth happens on Wed Sep 21 2044 at a distance of 0.974147 Astronomical Units, or 145,730,330 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 6 Hebe Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Asteroid 6 Hebe Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||1.93351725 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2022-Mar-09 23:16:55
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Dec-18 11:57
|Argument of perihelion||peri||239.54004369621°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||138.63826477344°|
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|
|Sideral Rotation||7.2745 hours||0.3039|
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.
|2023 Nov 23||13h 22m 11s||+00° 52’ 05”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 24||13h 23m 34s||+00° 47’ 02”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 25||13h 24m 55s||+00° 42’ 02”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 26||13h 26m 16s||+00° 37’ 08”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 27||13h 27m 37s||+00° 32’ 17”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 28||13h 28m 56s||+00° 27’ 30”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 29||13h 30m 18s||+00° 22’ 50”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Nov 30||13h 31m 37s||+00° 18’ 12”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 01||13h 32m 57s||+00° 13’ 41”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 02||13h 34m 17s||+00° 09’ 14”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 03||13h 35m 35s||+00° 04’ 51”||11.35||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 04||13h 36m 55s||+00° 00’ 34”||11.34||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 05||13h 38m 13s||-00° 03’ 37”||11.34||Virgo|
|2023 Dec 06||13h 39m 33s||-00° 07’ 44”||11.34||Virgo|