Asteroid 18 Melpomene
Asteroid 18 Melpomene Sky Charts and Coordinates
This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 18 Melpomene 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 18 Melpomene Rise and Set Times
Today's Asteroid 18 Melpomene rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.
Asteroid 18 Melpomene Orbit Diagram
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 18 Melpomene with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 18 Melpomene 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 18 Melpomene Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 18 Melpomene computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 18 Melpomene in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2017 Feb 13||10.42||03h 13m 10s||+07° 03’ 20”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 14||10.43||03h 14m 48s||+07° 15’ 16”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 15||10.45||03h 16m 27s||+07° 27’ 08”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 16||10.47||03h 18m 06s||+07° 38’ 57”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 17||10.48||03h 19m 48s||+07° 50’ 41”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 18||10.50||03h 21m 28s||+08° 02’ 21”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 19||10.51||03h 23m 09s||+08° 13’ 58”||Cetus|
|2017 Feb 20||10.52||03h 24m 51s||+08° 25’ 30”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 21||10.54||03h 26m 35s||+08° 36’ 56”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 22||10.55||03h 28m 18s||+08° 48’ 20”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 23||10.57||03h 30m 02s||+08° 59’ 38”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 24||10.58||03h 31m 45s||+09° 10’ 50”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 25||10.60||03h 33m 30s||+09° 22’ 00”||Taurus|
|2017 Feb 26||10.61||03h 35m 17s||+09° 33’ 02”||Taurus|
Distance of Asteroid 18 Melpomene from Earth
The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 18 Melpomene 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 18 Melpomene is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Light Curve of Asteroid 18 Melpomene
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 18 Melpomene, 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 18 Melpomene Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 18 Melpomene. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Sideral Rotation||11.5700 hours||0.4834|
Asteroid 18 Melpomene Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 18 Melpomene at epoch 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||1.79288507 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2016-Sep-25 15:38:15
|Next perihelion transit||2020-Mar-18 23:03
|Argument of perihelion||peri||227.85192384631°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||150.47011910661°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2016-Oct-19|
|Distance of closest approach*||0.82954014 AU
* 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.