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Asteroid 192 Nausikaa

Altitude: 40.0°   Azimuth: 255.0°   Direction: West-South-West

Asteroid 192 Nausikaa was discovered on February 17, 1879 by Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa. It is a relatively large and dark main-belt asteroid, with an estimated diameter of about 106 kilometers. The name Nausikaa comes from Greek mythology. Nausikaa was a princess who helped the hero Odysseus when he was shipwrecked on her island. Nausikaa's orbital period around the Sun is about 4.3 years, and its average distance from the Sun is approximately 2.8 astronomical units (AU), or about 420 million kilometers. The asteroid's orbit is slightly inclined to the plane of the ecliptic, and it has a moderate eccentricity of about 0.18.

Asteroid 192 Nausikaa is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa is 08h 56m 15s and the Declination is +22° 15’ 32” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa is 12.57 (JPL).

08h 56m 15s
+22° 15’ 32”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.7°
Max altitude: 60.8°
Azimuth: 292.2°
  • 192 Nausikaa is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 40° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 192 Nausikaa is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 6 inches (150mm) or more.
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Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 192 Nausikaa finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Finder chart of 192 Nausikaa in Cancer on October,01 2023
Map showing Asteroid 192 Nausikaa in Cancer on October, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 192 Nausikaa
Map showing Asteroid 192 Nausikaa in Cancer on October, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 192 Nausikaa is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

192 Nausikaa
RA: 08h 56m 15s
Dec: +22° 15’ 32”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 192 Nausikaa
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa from Earth is currently 400,912,009 kilometers, equivalent to 2.679931 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 17.2985 seconds to travel from Asteroid 192 Nausikaa and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 17.2985 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 192 Nausikaa from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa to Earth

Between 1 January 1900 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa to Earth happens on Fri Oct 7 2067 at a distance of 0.815697 Astronomical Units, or 122,026,507 kilometers:

Fri Oct 7 2067

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa as a function of time

Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.24607435
Orbit inclination i 6.79814250°
Perihelion distance q 1.81181460 AU
271,043,606 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.99453359 AU
447,975,849 km
Semi-major axis a 2.40317409 AU
359,509,728 km
Orbital period period 3.7255 years
1,360.7435 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Jan-23 03:11:44
2,459,967.6332 JD
Next perihelion transit 2026-Oct-14 21:02
2,461,328.3767 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 30.60539618084°
Longitude of the ascending node node 343.09890284671°
Mean anomaly M 8.6952939066236°
Mean motion n 0.26456124°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa 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 192 Nausikaa
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Asteroid 192 Nausikaa Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 103.26 km 0.0081
Sideral Rotation 13.6250 hours 0.5693
Absolute Magnitude 7.13
Geometric Albedo 0.233

Asteroid 192 Nausikaa 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 192 Nausikaa computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 192 Nausikaa in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Sep 24 08h 43m 40s +23° 02’ 48” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 25 08h 45m 24s +22° 56’ 32” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 26 08h 47m 06s +22° 50’ 16” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 27 08h 48m 47s +22° 43’ 58” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 28 08h 50m 29s +22° 37’ 39” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 29 08h 52m 09s +22° 31’ 19” 12.56 Cancer
2023 Sep 30 08h 53m 48s +22° 25’ 00” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 01 08h 55m 27s +22° 18’ 41” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 02 08h 57m 05s +22° 12’ 20” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 03 08h 58m 41s +22° 06’ 00” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 04 09h 00m 18s +21° 59’ 39” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 05 09h 01m 54s +21° 53’ 20” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 06 09h 03m 29s +21° 46’ 59” 12.57 Cancer
2023 Oct 07 09h 05m 03s +21° 40’ 41” 12.57 Cancer