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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 Aquarius on March, 24 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
22h 49m 30s
-11° 51’ 16”

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: 102.0°
Max altitude: 26.6°
Azimuth: 258.1°

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
2019 Mar 17 22h 35m 23s -13° 10’ 50” 11.40 Aquarius
2019 Mar 18 22h 37m 10s -13° 00’ 54” 11.41 Aquarius
2019 Mar 19 22h 38m 57s -12° 50’ 56” 11.41 Aquarius
2019 Mar 20 22h 40m 45s -12° 40’ 55” 11.41 Aquarius
2019 Mar 21 22h 42m 30s -12° 30’ 55” 11.42 Aquarius
2019 Mar 22 22h 44m 17s -12° 20’ 53” 11.42 Aquarius
2019 Mar 23 22h 46m 04s -12° 10’ 50” 11.42 Aquarius
2019 Mar 24 22h 47m 50s -12° 00’ 44” 11.43 Aquarius
2019 Mar 25 22h 49m 36s -11° 50’ 39” 11.43 Aquarius
2019 Mar 26 22h 51m 23s -11° 40’ 32” 11.43 Aquarius
2019 Mar 27 22h 53m 08s -11° 30’ 24” 11.43 Aquarius
2019 Mar 28 22h 54m 53s -11° 20’ 16” 11.44 Aquarius
2019 Mar 29 22h 56m 39s -11° 10’ 05” 11.44 Aquarius
2019 Mar 30 22h 58m 24s -10° 59’ 56” 11.44 Aquarius

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 2100

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 2100

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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12311427
Orbit inclination i 5.57681538°
Perihelion distance q 2.09193064 AU
312,948,371 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67934242 AU
400,823,922 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38563653 AU
356,886,146 km
Orbital period period 3.6800 years
1,345.8754 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-02 19:35:35
2,458,911.3164 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.4173701850276°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.908582387306°
Mean anomaly M 276.86161876405°
Mean motion n 0.26748391°/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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.