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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 February, 20 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
10h 38m 13s
+19° 05’ 13”
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 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
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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: 70.9°
Max altitude: 57.6°
Azimuth: 289.1°

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 Feb 13 9.15 10h 44m 58s +18° 19’ 13” Leo
2017 Feb 14 9.13 10h 44m 03s +18° 26’ 02” Leo
2017 Feb 15 9.11 10h 43m 05s +18° 32’ 48” Leo
2017 Feb 16 9.09 10h 42m 09s +18° 39’ 28” Leo
2017 Feb 17 9.08 10h 41m 11s +18° 46’ 04” Leo
2017 Feb 18 9.06 10h 40m 13s +18° 52’ 33” Leo
2017 Feb 19 9.05 10h 39m 12s +18° 58’ 57” Leo
2017 Feb 20 9.05 10h 38m 13s +19° 05’ 13” Leo
2017 Feb 21 9.04 10h 37m 14s +19° 11’ 22” Leo
2017 Feb 22 9.04 10h 36m 12s +19° 17’ 22” Leo
2017 Feb 23 9.05 10h 35m 12s +19° 23’ 16” Leo
2017 Feb 24 9.06 10h 34m 12s +19° 28’ 59” Leo
2017 Feb 25 9.07 10h 33m 11s +19° 34’ 32” Leo
2017 Feb 26 9.09 10h 32m 11s +19° 39’ 56” 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.