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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 2 Pallas

Asteroid 2 Pallas is currently in the constellation of Canis Majoris. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2 Pallas is 06h 31m 37s and the Declination is -23° 54’ 59” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2 Pallas is 7.69 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 2 Pallas [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

06h 31m 37s
-23° 54’ 59”
Canis Majoris
  • 2 Pallas is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2 Pallas is visible with the help of a binocular with a 30-40mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
  • See also 2 Pallas rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid 2 Pallas Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2 Pallas 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.

Map showing Asteroid 2 Pallas in Canis Majoris on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 2 Pallas in Canis Majoris on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 2 Pallas is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2 Pallas
RA: 06h 31m 37s
Dec: -23° 54’ 59”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2 Pallas
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2 Pallas?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2 Pallas in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2 Pallas Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas from Earth is currently 214,530,204 kilometers, equivalent to 1.434046 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 55.5957 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2 Pallas and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 55.5957 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas 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.

Distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

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 2 Pallas from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 2 Pallas to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2 Pallas to Earth happens on Mon Feb 24 2014 at a distance of 1.230905 Astronomical Units, or 184,140,719 kilometers:

Mon Feb 24 2014

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

Asteroid 2 Pallas brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2 Pallas is 7.69.


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 2100

Asteroid 2 Pallas rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 2 Pallas rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.9°
Max altitude: 14.6°
Azimuth: 245.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 2 Pallas touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 2 Pallas Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2 Pallas at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.22999297
Orbit inclination i 34.92530406°
Perihelion distance q 2.13377178 AU
319,207,716 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.40844202 AU
509,895,670 km
Semi-major axis a 2.77110690 AU
414,551,693 km
Orbital period period 4.6130 years
1,684.9164 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Mar-06 14:55:59
2,460,010.1222 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 310.69724633414°
Longitude of the ascending node node 172.91657365749°
Mean anomaly M 272.47992964182°
Mean motion n 0.21366046°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2 Pallas Orbit

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 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 15 Days 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
2023 Jan 30 06h 34m 09s -26° 30’ 01” 7.65 Canis Majoris
2023 Jan 31 06h 33m 43s -26° 11’ 16” 7.65 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 01 06h 33m 20s -25° 52’ 09” 7.65 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 02 06h 32m 57s -25° 32’ 39” 7.66 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 03 06h 32m 38s -25° 12’ 50” 7.66 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 04 06h 32m 18s -24° 52’ 40” 7.67 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 05 06h 32m 02s -24° 32’ 11” 7.67 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 06 06h 31m 48s -24° 11’ 25” 7.68 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 07 06h 31m 35s -23° 50’ 20” 7.69 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 08 06h 31m 23s -23° 28’ 59” 7.69 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 09 06h 31m 14s -23° 07’ 23” 7.70 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 10 06h 31m 08s -22° 45’ 33” 7.71 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 11 06h 31m 04s -22° 23’ 29” 7.72 Canis Majoris
2023 Feb 12 06h 31m 00s -22° 01’ 10” 7.72 Canis Majoris