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Asteroid 1566 Icarus

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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 1566 Icarus is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations. More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Asteroid 1566 Icarus in Aquarius on April, 27 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 34m 45s
-17° 33’ 43”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 1566 Icarus Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 1566 Icarus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 107.6°
Max altitude: 21.0°
Azimuth: 252.4°

Asteroid 1566 Icarus Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 1566 Icarus with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus
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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 1566 Icarus computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 1566 Icarus in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Apr 20 20.78 23h 18m 00s -18° 39’ 14” Aquarius
2017 Apr 21 20.76 23h 20m 21s -18° 30’ 10” Aquarius
2017 Apr 22 20.75 23h 22m 41s -18° 20’ 58” Aquarius
2017 Apr 23 20.73 23h 25m 05s -18° 11’ 44” Aquarius
2017 Apr 24 20.71 23h 27m 28s -18° 02’ 22” Aquarius
2017 Apr 25 20.69 23h 29m 53s -17° 52’ 55” Aquarius
2017 Apr 26 20.67 23h 32m 17s -17° 43’ 23” Aquarius
2017 Apr 27 20.66 23h 34m 45s -17° 33’ 43” Aquarius
2017 Apr 28 20.64 23h 37m 13s -17° 23’ 58” Aquarius
2017 Apr 29 20.62 23h 39m 42s -17° 14’ 07” Aquarius
2017 Apr 30 20.60 23h 42m 11s -17° 04’ 08” Aquarius
2017 May 01 20.58 23h 44m 44s -16° 54’ 02” Aquarius
2017 May 02 20.56 23h 47m 17s -16° 43’ 50” Aquarius
2017 May 03 20.54 23h 49m 50s -16° 33’ 29” Aquarius

Distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval. The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 1566 Icarus is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Asteroid 1566 Icarus

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 1566 Icarus, 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 1566 Icarus between January 2013 and January 2030

Asteroid 1566 Icarus Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 1566 Icarus at epoch 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82687456
Orbit inclination i 22.82686342°
Perihelion distance q 0.18664272 AU
27,921,354 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.96951323 AU
294,634,987 km
Semi-major axis a 1.07807798 AU
161,278,170 km
Orbital period period 1.1200 years
408.8591 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-16 05:28:30
2,457,555.7281 JD
Next perihelion transit 2017-Jul-30 02:05
2,457,964.5873 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 31.381704363796°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.012366970729°
Mean anomaly M 39.421575993118°
Mean motion n 0.88049889°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2015-Jun-17
Distance of closest approach* 0.05418104 AU
8,105,369 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.