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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 Sagittarius on May, 21 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 04m 42s
-25° 01’ 45”
10.33
 = 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: 115.0°
Max altitude: 13.5°
Azimuth: 245.0°

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 May 14 10.49 18h 08m 49s -24° 45’ 43” Sagittarius
2018 May 15 10.47 18h 08m 20s -24° 48’ 01” Sagittarius
2018 May 16 10.44 18h 07m 47s -24° 50’ 17” Sagittarius
2018 May 17 10.42 18h 07m 14s -24° 52’ 35” Sagittarius
2018 May 18 10.40 18h 06m 38s -24° 54’ 52” Sagittarius
2018 May 19 10.38 18h 06m 02s -24° 57’ 11” Sagittarius
2018 May 20 10.36 18h 05m 22s -24° 59’ 29” Sagittarius
2018 May 21 10.33 18h 04m 42s -25° 01’ 45” Sagittarius
2018 May 22 10.31 18h 04m 00s -25° 04’ 04” Sagittarius
2018 May 23 10.29 18h 03m 17s -25° 06’ 20” Sagittarius
2018 May 24 10.26 18h 02m 33s -25° 08’ 38” Sagittarius
2018 May 25 10.24 18h 01m 46s -25° 10’ 54” Sagittarius
2018 May 26 10.22 18h 00m 59s -25° 13’ 09” Sagittarius
2018 May 27 10.19 18h 00m 10s -25° 15’ 24” Sagittarius

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 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12253766
Orbit inclination i 5.57657031°
Perihelion distance q 2.09435846 AU
313,311,566 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67931298 AU
400,819,518 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38683572 AU
357,065,542 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,346.8903 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-25 00:33:16
2,457,564.5231 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-02 21:55
2,458,911.4134 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.3215729265765°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.909053813132°
Mean anomaly M 169.98539881921°
Mean motion n 0.26728235°/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.