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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]:

12h 35m 55s
+02° 15’ 21”
  • 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.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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.

Map showing Asteroid 9 Metis in Virgo on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 9 Metis in Virgo on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

9 Metis
RA: 12h 35m 55s
Dec: +02° 15’ 21”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 9 Metis
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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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.

14 minutes and 40.5112 seconds

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.

Distance of Asteroid 9 Metis from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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:

Mon Dec 11 2034

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 9 Metis brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 9 Metis is 10.45.


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 2100

Asteroid 9 Metis rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 9 Metis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 87.7°
Max altitude: 40.8°
Azimuth: 272.3°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 9 Metis at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12330024
Orbit inclination i 5.57649391°
Perihelion distance q 2.09197172 AU
312,954,515 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.68040717 AU
400,983,206 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38618944 AU
356,968,861 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,346.3433 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-02 13:43:50
2,458,911.0721 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Nov-08 21:58
2,460,257.4154 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.3373258606769°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.909457012867°
Mean anomaly M 23.912205781874°
Mean motion n 0.26739094°/day

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!

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid 9 Metis
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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 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.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
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