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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:00 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:07
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Asteroid 6 Hebe

Below the horizon.  Rise: 13:04 | Tran: 19:26 | Set: 1:52
Alt: -31.57°   Az: 22.05°   Direction: North-North-East

Asteroid 6 Hebe is in the constellation of Virgo, at a distance of 383,709,134.0 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension is 14h 03m 58s and the Declination is +04° 42’ 35” (apparent coordinates). The magnitude of Asteroid 6 Hebe is 10.81 (data provided by JPL Horizons).

Finder chart of 6 Hebe in Virgo on July,15 2024
Map showing Asteroid 6 Hebe in Virgo on July, 15 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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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.

Celestial Coordinates


14h 03m 58s
+04° 42’ 35”
13h 14m 53s
03h 18m 51s


14h 02m 44s
+04° 49’ 37”

Additional Information


Rise and Set Times

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 6 Hebe from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 85.2°
Max altitude: 43.3°
Azimuth: 274.9°
  • 6 Hebe is below the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • 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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Finder Charts

Finder chart of 6 Hebe
Sky map showing Asteroid 6 Hebe in Virgo on July, 15 2024. Field of view: 10x6 degrees. View in interactive sky chart

High 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: 14h 02m 44s
Dec: +04° 49’ 37”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 6 Hebe. Field of view: 60x40 arcmins. View in deep sky object tracker

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.

Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 6 Hebe from Earth is currently 383,709,134.0 kilometers, equivalent to 2.5649371358 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21m 19.916s to travel from Asteroid 6 Hebe and arrive to us.

21m 19.916s

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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 6 Hebe from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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

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:

Wed Sep 21 2044

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

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 6 Hebe as a function of time

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 6 Hebe at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20275238
Orbit inclination i 14.73756424°
Perihelion distance q 1.93351725 AU
289,250,063 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.91696383 AU
436,371,578 km
Semi-major axis a 2.42524054 AU
362,810,821 km
Orbital period period 3.7769 years
1,379.5284 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Mar-09 23:16:55
2,459,648.4701 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Dec-18 11:57
2,461,027.9985 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 239.54004369621°
Longitude of the ascending node node 138.63826477344°
Mean anomaly M 91.865282977911°
Mean motion n 0.26095874°/day

Orbit Visualization

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

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. Apparent celestial coordinates are provided.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jul 08 14h 00m 56s +05° 40’ 02” 10.74 Virgo
2024 Jul 09 14h 01m 17s +05° 32’ 24” 10.75 Virgo
2024 Jul 10 14h 01m 40s +05° 24’ 44” 10.76 Virgo
2024 Jul 11 14h 02m 03s +05° 16’ 57” 10.77 Virgo
2024 Jul 12 14h 02m 28s +05° 09’ 07” 10.78 Virgo
2024 Jul 13 14h 02m 54s +05° 01’ 12” 10.79 Virgo
2024 Jul 14 14h 03m 21s +04° 53’ 14” 10.80 Virgo
2024 Jul 15 14h 03m 49s +04° 45’ 11” 10.81 Virgo
2024 Jul 16 14h 04m 18s +04° 37’ 05” 10.82 Virgo
2024 Jul 17 14h 04m 48s +04° 28’ 54” 10.83 Virgo
2024 Jul 18 14h 05m 19s +04° 20’ 41” 10.84 Virgo
2024 Jul 19 14h 05m 51s +04° 12’ 25” 10.85 Virgo
2024 Jul 20 14h 06m 24s +04° 04’ 04” 10.86 Virgo
2024 Jul 21 14h 06m 59s +03° 55’ 41” 10.87 Virgo

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