Asteroid 9 Metis
Asteroid 9 Metis is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 9 Metis is 12h 35m 55s and the Declination is +02° 15’ 21” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 9 Metis is 10.45 (JPL).
Summary of key facts about Asteroid 9 Metis [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:
- 9 Metis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 6° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 9 Metis is visible with the help of a binocular with a 60mm aperture, might require a small telescope.
- See also 9 Metis rise and set times.
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Asteroid 9 Metis Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide Asteroid 9 Metis finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 9 Metis is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is Asteroid 9 Metis?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 9 Metis in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
Asteroid 9 Metis Distance from Earth
The distance of Asteroid 9 Metis from Earth is currently 263,970,616 kilometers, equivalent to 1.764535 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 40.5112 seconds to travel from Asteroid 9 Metis and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 9 Metis 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.
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 9 Metis from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Asteroid 9 Metis to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 9 Metis to Earth happens on Mon Dec 11 2034 at a distance of 1.111175 Astronomical Units, or 166,229,343 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 9 Metis brightness
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.
Asteroid 9 Metis rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 9 Metis touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.
Asteroid 9 Metis Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.09197172 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Mar-02 13:43:50
|Next perihelion transit||2023-Nov-08 21:58
|Argument of perihelion||peri||6.3373258606769°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||68.909457012867°|
Visualization of Asteroid 9 Metis Orbit
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!
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|
|Sideral Rotation||5.0790 hours||0.2122|
Asteroid 9 Metis 15 Days 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.
|2021 May 09||12h 38m 30s||+02° 25’ 55”||10.28||Virgo|
|2021 May 10||12h 38m 04s||+02° 25’ 08”||10.30||Virgo|
|2021 May 11||12h 37m 41s||+02° 24’ 08”||10.32||Virgo|
|2021 May 12||12h 37m 18s||+02° 22’ 59”||10.35||Virgo|
|2021 May 13||12h 36m 57s||+02° 21’ 41”||10.37||Virgo|
|2021 May 14||12h 36m 38s||+02° 20’ 11”||10.39||Virgo|
|2021 May 15||12h 36m 20s||+02° 18’ 30”||10.42||Virgo|
|2021 May 16||12h 36m 05s||+02° 16’ 41”||10.44||Virgo|
|2021 May 17||12h 35m 49s||+02° 14’ 40”||10.46||Virgo|
|2021 May 18||12h 35m 36s||+02° 12’ 30”||10.48||Virgo|
|2021 May 19||12h 35m 26s||+02° 10’ 10”||10.51||Virgo|
|2021 May 20||12h 35m 16s||+02° 07’ 41”||10.53||Virgo|
|2021 May 21||12h 35m 08s||+02° 05’ 03”||10.55||Virgo|
|2021 May 22||12h 35m 00s||+02° 02’ 16”||10.57||Virgo|