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Asteroid 9 Metis

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Asteroid 9 Metis Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 9 Metis 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 9 Metis in Ophiucus on September, 25 2018
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17h 35m 37s
-26° 51’ 03”

Asteroid 9 Metis Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 9 Metis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 116.9°
Max altitude: 11.7°
Azimuth: 243.1°

Asteroid 9 Metis Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 9 Metis with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 9 Metis 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 9 Metis
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Asteroid 9 Metis Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 9 Metis computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 9 Metis in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Sep 18 17h 27m 38s -26° 46’ 11” 11.39 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 19 17h 28m 41s -26° 46’ 54” 11.40 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 20 17h 29m 44s -26° 47’ 36” 11.41 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 21 17h 30m 47s -26° 48’ 17” 11.42 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 22 17h 31m 53s -26° 48’ 57” 11.43 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 23 17h 32m 58s -26° 49’ 36” 11.44 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 24 17h 34m 05s -26° 50’ 14” 11.45 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 25 17h 35m 13s -26° 50’ 52” 11.45 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 26 17h 36m 24s -26° 51’ 27” 11.46 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 27 17h 37m 33s -26° 52’ 00” 11.47 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 28 17h 38m 44s -26° 52’ 33” 11.48 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 29 17h 39m 56s -26° 53’ 04” 11.49 Ophiucus
2018 Sep 30 17h 41m 09s -26° 53’ 34” 11.50 Ophiucus
2018 Oct 01 17h 42m 24s -26° 54’ 02” 11.50 Ophiucus

Distance of Asteroid 9 Metis from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 9 Metis 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 9 Metis is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 9 Metis from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 9 Metis

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 9 Metis, 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 9 Metis between January 2013 and December 2075

Asteroid 9 Metis Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 9 Metis. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 190 km 0.0149
Sideral Rotation 5.0790 hours 0.2122
Absolute Magnitude 6.28
Geometric Albedo 0.118

Asteroid 9 Metis Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 9 Metis at epoch 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12253766
Orbit inclination i 5.57657031°
Perihelion distance q 2.09435846 AU
313,311,566 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67931298 AU
400,819,518 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38683572 AU
357,065,542 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,346.8903 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-25 00:33:16
2,457,564.5231 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-02 21:55
2,458,911.4134 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.3215730619192°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.909053805287°
Mean anomaly M 169.98539880656°
Mean motion n 0.26728235°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2034-Dec-11
Distance of closest approach* 1.11117456 AU
166,229,348 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.