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Asteroid 20 Massalia

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Asteroid 20 Massalia Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 20 Massalia 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 20 Massalia in Taurus on December, 12 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 47m 21s
+22° 16’ 40”
 = 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 20 Massalia Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 20 Massalia rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 67.7°
Max altitude: 60.8°
Azimuth: 292.3°

Asteroid 20 Massalia Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 20 Massalia with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 20 Massalia 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 20 Massalia
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Asteroid 20 Massalia Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 20 Massalia computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 20 Massalia in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Dec 05 8.81 05h 54m 16s +22° 21’ 05” Orion
2017 Dec 06 8.78 05h 53m 21s +22° 20’ 30” Orion
2017 Dec 07 8.75 05h 52m 23s +22° 19’ 53” Orion
2017 Dec 08 8.72 05h 51m 24s +22° 19’ 15” Orion
2017 Dec 09 8.69 05h 50m 26s +22° 18’ 38” Orion
2017 Dec 10 8.66 05h 49m 24s +22° 18’ 00” Taurus
2017 Dec 11 8.62 05h 48m 24s +22° 17’ 20” Taurus
2017 Dec 12 8.59 05h 47m 21s +22° 16’ 40” Taurus
2017 Dec 13 8.55 05h 46m 18s +22° 15’ 59” Taurus
2017 Dec 14 8.52 05h 45m 15s +22° 15’ 17” Taurus
2017 Dec 15 8.48 05h 44m 11s +22° 14’ 35” Taurus
2017 Dec 16 8.43 05h 43m 06s +22° 13’ 51” Taurus
2017 Dec 17 8.39 05h 42m 02s +22° 13’ 08” Taurus
2017 Dec 18 8.38 05h 40m 58s +22° 12’ 23” Taurus

Distance of Asteroid 20 Massalia from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 20 Massalia 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 20 Massalia is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 20 Massalia from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 20 Massalia

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 20 Massalia, 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 20 Massalia between January 2013 and December 2075

Asteroid 20 Massalia Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 20 Massalia. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 145.5 km 0.0114
Sideral Rotation 8.0980 hours 0.3383
Absolute Magnitude 6.5
Geometric Albedo 0.2096

Asteroid 20 Massalia Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 20 Massalia at epoch 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.14236455
Orbit inclination i 0.70861636°
Perihelion distance q 2.06619389 AU
309,098,207 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.75215613 AU
411,716,697 km
Semi-major axis a 2.40917501 AU
360,407,452 km
Orbital period period 3.7400 years
1,365.8435 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Feb-03 18:31:23
2,458,153.2718 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 256.57355746371°
Longitude of the ascending node node 206.10282989621°
Mean anomaly M 319.73342008372°
Mean motion n 0.26357338°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2048-Jan-06
Distance of closest approach* 1.07706230 AU
161,126,227 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.