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Asteroid 2 Pallas

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Asteroid 2 Pallas Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 2 Pallas 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 2 Pallas in Virgo on December, 15 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
12h 57m 40s
-06° 36’ 48”

Asteroid 2 Pallas Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 2 Pallas rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 96.6°
Max altitude: 31.9°
Azimuth: 263.4°

Asteroid 2 Pallas Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2 Pallas with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2 Pallas 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 2 Pallas
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Asteroid 2 Pallas Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2 Pallas computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2 Pallas in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 08 12h 46m 21s -06° 37’ 54” 9.08 Virgo
2018 Dec 09 12h 47m 57s -06° 38’ 12” 9.08 Virgo
2018 Dec 10 12h 49m 33s -06° 38’ 22” 9.07 Virgo
2018 Dec 11 12h 51m 08s -06° 38’ 23” 9.07 Virgo
2018 Dec 12 12h 52m 44s -06° 38’ 16” 9.07 Virgo
2018 Dec 13 12h 54m 19s -06° 37’ 58” 9.06 Virgo
2018 Dec 14 12h 55m 53s -06° 37’ 32” 9.06 Virgo
2018 Dec 15 12h 57m 25s -06° 36’ 55” 9.06 Virgo
2018 Dec 16 12h 58m 59s -06° 36’ 09” 9.05 Virgo
2018 Dec 17 13h 00m 30s -06° 35’ 13” 9.05 Virgo
2018 Dec 18 13h 02m 03s -06° 34’ 08” 9.04 Virgo
2018 Dec 19 13h 03m 33s -06° 32’ 52” 9.04 Virgo
2018 Dec 20 13h 05m 03s -06° 31’ 26” 9.03 Virgo
2018 Dec 21 13h 06m 33s -06° 29’ 49” 9.03 Virgo

Distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas 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 2 Pallas is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 2 Pallas

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2 Pallas, 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 2 Pallas between January 2013 and December 2075

Asteroid 2 Pallas Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 2 Pallas. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 545 km 0.0428
Sideral Rotation 7.8132 hours 0.3264
Absolute Magnitude 4.13
Geometric Albedo 0.1587

Asteroid 2 Pallas Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2 Pallas at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23033681
Orbit inclination i 34.83623461°
Perihelion distance q 2.13386496 AU
319,221,655 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.41106689 AU
510,288,344 km
Semi-major axis a 2.77246592 AU
414,754,999 km
Orbital period period 4.6200 years
1,686.1560 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-21 09:11:48
2,458,320.8832 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-03 12:56
2,460,007.0392 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 310.04885845252°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.08006182769°
Mean anomaly M 59.699130984054°
Mean motion n 0.21350338°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2014-Feb-24
Distance of closest approach* 1.23090479 AU
184,140,736 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.