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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 Capricornus on January, 22 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
20h 56m 57s
-21° 03’ 37”

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: 111.1°
Max altitude: 17.5°
Azimuth: 249.0°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Jan 15 20h 42m 41s -21° 57’ 20” 11.40 Capricornus
2019 Jan 16 20h 44m 35s -21° 50’ 27” 11.39 Capricornus
2019 Jan 17 20h 46m 27s -21° 43’ 32” 11.38 Capricornus
2019 Jan 18 20h 48m 20s -21° 36’ 32” 11.37 Capricornus
2019 Jan 19 20h 50m 13s -21° 29’ 26” 11.36 Capricornus
2019 Jan 20 20h 52m 06s -21° 22’ 18” 11.35 Capricornus
2019 Jan 21 20h 53m 59s -21° 15’ 05” 11.34 Capricornus
2019 Jan 22 20h 55m 53s -21° 07’ 47” 11.33 Capricornus
2019 Jan 23 20h 57m 46s -21° 00’ 25” 11.32 Capricornus
2019 Jan 24 20h 59m 39s -20° 53’ 00” 11.30 Capricornus
2019 Jan 25 21h 01m 32s -20° 45’ 30” 11.29 Capricornus
2019 Jan 26 21h 03m 24s -20° 37’ 58” 11.28 Capricornus
2019 Jan 27 21h 05m 17s -20° 30’ 20” 11.27 Capricornus
2019 Jan 28 21h 07m 10s -20° 22’ 37” 11.26 Capricornus

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 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 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.