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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 Ophiucus on February, 24 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
17h 26m 59s
-22° 32’ 44”
 = 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: 112.5°
Max altitude: 16.0°
Azimuth: 247.5°

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
2018 Feb 17 11.68 17h 17m 45s -22° 17’ 42” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 18 11.68 17h 19m 06s -22° 19’ 59” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 19 11.67 17h 20m 27s -22° 22’ 13” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 20 11.66 17h 21m 47s -22° 24’ 24” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 21 11.66 17h 23m 07s -22° 26’ 32” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 22 11.65 17h 24m 24s -22° 28’ 40” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 23 11.64 17h 25m 42s -22° 30’ 42” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 24 11.64 17h 26m 59s -22° 32’ 44” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 25 11.63 17h 28m 17s -22° 34’ 42” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 26 11.62 17h 29m 32s -22° 36’ 39” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 27 11.62 17h 30m 47s -22° 38’ 34” Ophiucus
2018 Feb 28 11.61 17h 32m 02s -22° 40’ 26” Ophiucus
2018 Mar 01 11.60 17h 33m 15s -22° 42’ 15” Ophiucus
2018 Mar 02 11.59 17h 34m 27s -22° 44’ 03” Ophiucus

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 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.