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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 Aquarius on January, 22 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
22h 30m 16s
-05° 57’ 48”
 = 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 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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 96.0°
Max altitude: 32.6°
Azimuth: 264.0°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jan 15 10.31 22h 21m 27s -06° 12’ 19” Aquarius
2017 Jan 16 10.31 22h 22m 41s -06° 10’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Jan 17 10.30 22h 23m 57s -06° 08’ 33” Aquarius
2017 Jan 18 10.30 22h 25m 12s -06° 06’ 33” Aquarius
2017 Jan 19 10.30 22h 26m 27s -06° 04’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Jan 20 10.29 22h 27m 43s -06° 02’ 18” Aquarius
2017 Jan 21 10.29 22h 29m 00s -06° 00’ 06” Aquarius
2017 Jan 22 10.28 22h 30m 16s -05° 57’ 48” Aquarius
2017 Jan 23 10.28 22h 31m 33s -05° 55’ 27” Aquarius
2017 Jan 24 10.27 22h 32m 50s -05° 53’ 02” Aquarius
2017 Jan 25 10.27 22h 34m 08s -05° 50’ 31” Aquarius
2017 Jan 26 10.26 22h 35m 26s -05° 47’ 58” Aquarius
2017 Jan 27 10.26 22h 36m 43s -05° 45’ 20” Aquarius
2017 Jan 28 10.25 22h 38m 02s -05° 42’ 39” Aquarius

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23083485
Orbit inclination i 34.84116170°
Perihelion distance q 2.13272524 AU
319,051,155 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.41283344 AU
510,552,617 km
Semi-major axis a 2.77277934 AU
414,801,886 km
Orbital period period 4.6200 years
1,686.4419 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Jul-21 01:56:22
2,458,320.5808 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 309.99921460477°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.08784381525°
Mean anomaly M 206.28638093539°
Mean motion n 0.21346718°/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 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.