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Asteroid 2 Pallas

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Asteroid 2 Pallas Position

Asteroid 2 Pallas is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension is 15h 36m 44s and the Declination is +07° 06’ 15”.

15h 36m 44s
+07° 06’ 15”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 2 Pallas is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 2 Pallas in Serpens on October, 16 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 2 Pallas is right now (view fullscreen)

2 Pallas
RA: 15h 36m 44s
Dec: +07° 06’ 15”
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

The distance of Asteroid 2 Pallas from Earth is currently 555,786,511 kilometers, equivalent to 3.715203 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30 minutes and 53.9042 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2 Pallas and arrive to us.

30 minutes and 53.9042 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 1.23090467 Astronomical Units, or 184,140,718 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 10.10.


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: 82.9°
Max altitude: 45.6°
Azimuth: 277.0°
Asteroid 2 Pallas is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 2 Pallas touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23033682
Orbit inclination i 34.83623442°
Perihelion distance q 2.13386493 AU
319,221,651 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.41106691 AU
510,288,347 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 09:11:47
2,458,320.8832 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-03 12:56
2,460,007.0392 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 310.04885742707°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.08006274732°
Mean anomaly M 59.699132745857°
Mean motion n 0.21350338°/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
2019 Oct 09 15h 26m 12s +07° 52’ 40” 10.09 Serpens
2019 Oct 10 15h 27m 38s +07° 46’ 03” 10.09 Serpens
2019 Oct 11 15h 29m 05s +07° 39’ 29” 10.09 Serpens
2019 Oct 12 15h 30m 33s +07° 32’ 59” 10.09 Serpens
2019 Oct 13 15h 31m 59s +07° 26’ 35” 10.09 Serpens
2019 Oct 14 15h 33m 28s +07° 20’ 13” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 15 15h 34m 54s +07° 13’ 58” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 16 15h 36m 23s +07° 07’ 45” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 17 15h 37m 50s +07° 01’ 37” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 18 15h 39m 19s +06° 55’ 33” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 19 15h 40m 47s +06° 49’ 36” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 20 15h 42m 15s +06° 43’ 41” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 21 15h 43m 45s +06° 37’ 50” 10.10 Serpens
2019 Oct 22 15h 45m 14s +06° 32’ 06” 10.10 Serpens