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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 February, 20 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
23h 08m 47s
-04° 26’ 26”
 = 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: 94.4°
Max altitude: 34.1°
Azimuth: 265.6°

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 Feb 13 10.13 22h 59m 16s -04° 52’ 12” Aquarius
2017 Feb 14 10.12 23h 00m 38s -04° 48’ 38” Aquarius
2017 Feb 15 10.11 23h 01m 59s -04° 45’ 02” Aquarius
2017 Feb 16 10.10 23h 03m 20s -04° 41’ 22” Aquarius
2017 Feb 17 10.09 23h 04m 41s -04° 37’ 41” Aquarius
2017 Feb 18 10.08 23h 06m 02s -04° 33’ 59” Aquarius
2017 Feb 19 10.07 23h 07m 24s -04° 30’ 14” Aquarius
2017 Feb 20 10.06 23h 08m 47s -04° 26’ 26” Aquarius
2017 Feb 21 10.05 23h 10m 09s -04° 22’ 36” Aquarius
2017 Feb 22 10.04 23h 11m 30s -04° 18’ 45” Aquarius
2017 Feb 23 10.02 23h 12m 53s -04° 14’ 52” Aquarius
2017 Feb 24 10.01 23h 14m 16s -04° 10’ 55” Aquarius
2017 Feb 25 10.00 23h 15m 38s -04° 06’ 59” Aquarius
2017 Feb 26 9.98 23h 17m 00s -04° 03’ 01” 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.