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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 Leo on March, 28 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 09m 02s
+20° 44’ 03”
9.86
 = 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: 69.3°
Max altitude: 59.3°
Azimuth: 290.7°

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 Mar 21 9.67 10h 12m 33s +20° 46’ 50” Leo
2017 Mar 22 9.70 10h 11m 57s +20° 47’ 04” Leo
2017 Mar 23 9.73 10h 11m 25s +20° 47’ 07” Leo
2017 Mar 24 9.75 10h 10m 51s +20° 46’ 54” Leo
2017 Mar 25 9.78 10h 10m 22s +20° 46’ 31” Leo
2017 Mar 26 9.81 10h 09m 53s +20° 45’ 54” Leo
2017 Mar 27 9.83 10h 09m 27s +20° 45’ 05” Leo
2017 Mar 28 9.86 10h 09m 02s +20° 44’ 03” Leo
2017 Mar 29 9.88 10h 08m 39s +20° 42’ 48” Leo
2017 Mar 30 9.91 10h 08m 17s +20° 41’ 21” Leo
2017 Mar 31 9.93 10h 07m 58s +20° 39’ 43” Leo
2017 Apr 01 9.96 10h 07m 40s +20° 37’ 54” Leo
2017 Apr 02 9.98 10h 07m 24s +20° 35’ 53” Leo
2017 Apr 03 10.01 10h 07m 10s +20° 33’ 41” Leo

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12197641
Orbit inclination i 5.57442767°
Perihelion distance q 2.09499703 AU
313,407,096 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67707756 AU
400,485,104 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38603730 AU
356,946,100 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,346.2145 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-23 11:16:05
2,457,562.9695 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Feb-29 16:24
2,458,909.1840 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 5.924268970479°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.93414805167°
Mean anomaly M 10.036272235737°
Mean motion n 0.26741652°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2023-Dec-21
Distance of closest approach* 1.11872751 AU
167,359,254 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.