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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 February, 23 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
14h 09m 58s
+03° 16’ 30”

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: 86.5°
Max altitude: 41.8°
Azimuth: 273.3°

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
2019 Feb 16 14h 07m 14s +01° 15’ 52” 8.42 Virgo
2019 Feb 17 14h 07m 41s +01° 31’ 44” 8.40 Virgo
2019 Feb 18 14h 08m 08s +01° 47’ 51” 8.39 Virgo
2019 Feb 19 14h 08m 31s +02° 04’ 14” 8.37 Virgo
2019 Feb 20 14h 08m 54s +02° 20’ 52” 8.36 Virgo
2019 Feb 21 14h 09m 16s +02° 37’ 45” 8.34 Virgo
2019 Feb 22 14h 09m 37s +02° 54’ 54” 8.32 Virgo
2019 Feb 23 14h 09m 55s +03° 12’ 18” 8.31 Virgo
2019 Feb 24 14h 10m 10s +03° 29’ 56” 8.29 Virgo
2019 Feb 25 14h 10m 26s +03° 47’ 48” 8.28 Virgo
2019 Feb 26 14h 10m 39s +04° 05’ 53” 8.26 Virgo
2019 Feb 27 14h 10m 50s +04° 24’ 14” 8.24 Virgo
2019 Feb 28 14h 10m 59s +04° 42’ 47” 8.23 Virgo
2019 Mar 01 14h 11m 08s +05° 01’ 32” 8.21 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 2100

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 2100

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 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.