Asteroid 9 Metis
Asteroid 9 Metis is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 9 Metis is 22h 32m 46s and the Declination is -13° 31’ 59” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 9 Metis is 11.40 (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-South-East direction at an altitude of 0° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 9 Metis is visible with the help of a binocular with a 70-80mm aperture or a small telescope.
- See also 9 Metis rise and set times.
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Additional information about Asteroid 9 Metis available on TheSkyLive:
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 477,165,860 kilometers, equivalent to 3.189657 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 31.6540 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 166,229,342 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||29.57399177 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||1989-May-08 00:42:12
|Next perihelion transit||2237-Feb-04 07:20
|Argument of perihelion||peri||112.59714167749°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||110.37695795541°|
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.
|2023 Jan 22||22h 19m 31s||-14° 52’ 37”||11.44||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 23||22h 21m 18s||-14° 41’ 52”||11.43||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 24||22h 23m 06s||-14° 31’ 03”||11.43||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 25||22h 24m 52s||-14° 20’ 11”||11.42||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 26||22h 26m 40s||-14° 09’ 15”||11.42||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 27||22h 28m 28s||-13° 58’ 18”||11.41||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 28||22h 30m 16s||-13° 47’ 16”||11.41||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 29||22h 32m 04s||-13° 36’ 11”||11.40||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 30||22h 33m 52s||-13° 25’ 05”||11.40||Aquarius|
|2023 Jan 31||22h 35m 40s||-13° 13’ 54”||11.39||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 01||22h 37m 28s||-13° 02’ 40”||11.38||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 02||22h 39m 16s||-12° 51’ 25”||11.38||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 03||22h 41m 04s||-12° 40’ 06”||11.37||Aquarius|
|2023 Feb 04||22h 42m 53s||-12° 28’ 45”||11.36||Aquarius|