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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 Virgo on September, 22 2017
13h 16m 58s
-05° 12’ 24”
11.58
 = 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 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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 95.2°
Max altitude: 33.3°
Azimuth: 264.8°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Sep 15 11.61 13h 05m 49s -03° 57’ 00” Virgo
2017 Sep 16 11.60 13h 07m 24s -04° 07’ 50” Virgo
2017 Sep 17 11.60 13h 09m 00s -04° 18’ 38” Virgo
2017 Sep 18 11.60 13h 10m 35s -04° 29’ 26” Virgo
2017 Sep 19 11.59 13h 12m 11s -04° 40’ 11” Virgo
2017 Sep 20 11.59 13h 13m 45s -04° 50’ 57” Virgo
2017 Sep 21 11.58 13h 15m 21s -05° 01’ 41” Virgo
2017 Sep 22 11.58 13h 16m 58s -05° 12’ 24” Virgo
2017 Sep 23 11.58 13h 18m 33s -05° 23’ 04” Virgo
2017 Sep 24 11.57 13h 20m 09s -05° 33’ 43” Virgo
2017 Sep 25 11.57 13h 21m 46s -05° 44’ 21” Virgo
2017 Sep 26 11.56 13h 23m 22s -05° 54’ 59” Virgo
2017 Sep 27 11.55 13h 24m 59s -06° 05’ 34” Virgo
2017 Sep 28 11.55 13h 26m 35s -06° 16’ 06” Virgo

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.

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 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12211326
Orbit inclination i 5.57497056°
Perihelion distance q 2.09572373 AU
313,515,809 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67875032 AU
400,735,345 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38723703 AU
357,125,577 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,347.2300 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-24 06:18:13
2,457,563.7627 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-02 11:49
2,458,910.9926 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.1993870833531°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.917218554084°
Mean anomaly M 116.70275001094°
Mean motion n 0.26721496°/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.