Asteroid 9 Metis
Asteroid 9 Metis is a main-belt asteroid that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered on April 25, 1848, by Irish astronomer Andrew Graham. The asteroid is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and cunning, Metis. Metis has a relatively small diameter of about 90 kilometers and a rotation period of about 5.5 hours. Its orbit is somewhat eccentric, with a semi-major axis of approximately 2.39 astronomical units (AU) and an orbital period of about 3.69 years. Metis is also a member of the Flora family of asteroids, a group of objects that share similar orbital and physical properties and are believed to have formed from a common parent body.
The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 9 Metis is 06h 20m 13s and the Declination is +26° 08’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Asteroid 9 Metis is 8.85 (JPL).
- 9 Metis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 44° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 9 Metis is visible with the help of a binocular with a 50mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
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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.
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 171,779,845 kilometers, equivalent to 1.148277 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9 minutes and 32.9959 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 1 January 1900 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Asteroid 9 Metis to Earth happens on Thu Dec 7 1916 at a distance of 1.107641 Astronomical Units, or 165,700,805 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 9 Metis Brightness and Light Curve
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 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 Nov 28||06h 26m 09s||+25° 32’ 52”||9.07||Gemini|
|2023 Nov 29||06h 25m 32s||+25° 37’ 22”||9.05||Gemini|
|2023 Nov 30||06h 24m 51s||+25° 41’ 53”||9.02||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 01||06h 24m 10s||+25° 46’ 23”||8.99||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 02||06h 23m 25s||+25° 50’ 57”||8.96||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 03||06h 22m 39s||+25° 55’ 28”||8.94||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 04||06h 21m 51s||+26° 00’ 02”||8.91||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 05||06h 21m 01s||+26° 04’ 33”||8.88||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 06||06h 20m 08s||+26° 09’ 05”||8.85||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 07||06h 19m 14s||+26° 13’ 35”||8.83||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 08||06h 18m 20s||+26° 18’ 05”||8.80||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 09||06h 17m 22s||+26° 22’ 32”||8.77||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 10||06h 16m 23s||+26° 26’ 57”||8.74||Gemini|
|2023 Dec 11||06h 15m 24s||+26° 31’ 19”||8.71||Gemini|