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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 Virgo on July, 26 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
11h 48m 36s
+05° 23’ 39”
 = 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: 84.6°
Max altitude: 43.9°
Azimuth: 275.4°

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 Jul 19 11.55 11h 38m 39s +06° 39’ 06” Virgo
2017 Jul 20 11.55 11h 40m 04s +06° 28’ 23” Virgo
2017 Jul 21 11.56 11h 41m 27s +06° 17’ 39” Virgo
2017 Jul 22 11.56 11h 42m 52s +06° 06’ 52” Virgo
2017 Jul 23 11.57 11h 44m 18s +05° 56’ 07” Virgo
2017 Jul 24 11.57 11h 45m 43s +05° 45’ 19” Virgo
2017 Jul 25 11.58 11h 47m 09s +05° 34’ 30” Virgo
2017 Jul 26 11.58 11h 48m 36s +05° 23’ 39” Virgo
2017 Jul 27 11.58 11h 50m 02s +05° 12’ 47” Virgo
2017 Jul 28 11.59 11h 51m 29s +05° 01’ 55” Virgo
2017 Jul 29 11.59 11h 52m 54s +04° 51’ 02” Virgo
2017 Jul 30 11.60 11h 54m 21s +04° 40’ 08” Virgo
2017 Jul 31 11.60 11h 55m 49s +04° 29’ 12” Virgo
2017 Aug 01 11.60 11h 57m 16s +04° 18’ 16” Virgo

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 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12211326
Orbit inclination i 5.57497056°
Perihelion distance q 2.09572373 AU
313,515,809 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.67875032 AU
400,735,345 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38723703 AU
357,125,577 km
Orbital period period 3.6900 years
1,347.2300 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jun-24 06:18:13
2,457,563.7627 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-02 11:49
2,458,910.9926 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.1993870833531°
Longitude of the ascending node node 68.917218554084°
Mean anomaly M 116.70275001094°
Mean motion n 0.26721496°/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.