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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Position

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension is 00h 50m 56s and the Declination is +21° 09’ 29”.

00h 50m 56s
+21° 09’ 29”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Pisces on January, 27 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now (view fullscreen)

3200 Phaethon
RA: 00h 50m 56s
Dec: +21° 09’ 29”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Distance

The distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth is currently 359,494,791 kilometers, equivalent to 2.403074 Astronomical Units. Light takes 19 minutes and 59.1455 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

19 minutes and 59.1455 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon to Earth happens on Mon Dec 14 2093 at a distance of 0.02174011 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,274 kilometers:

Mon Dec 14 2093

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

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 19.47.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon, 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 3200 Phaethon between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 68.8°
Max altitude: 59.7°
Azimuth: 291.2°
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.88989766
Orbit inclination i 22.26024405°
Perihelion distance q 0.13998112 AU
20,940,877 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40276450 AU
359,448,454 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27137281 AU
190,194,666 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.6098 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-02 23:52:01
2,458,667.4945 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Dec-07 14:30
2,459,191.1043 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.18551060763°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.21623596298°
Mean anomaly M 313.93897671°
Mean motion n 0.68753482°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon 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 3200 Phaethon
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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 20 00h 43m 37s +21° 21’ 35” 19.36 Pisces
2020 Jan 21 00h 44m 36s +21° 19’ 18” 19.38 Pisces
2020 Jan 22 00h 45m 37s +21° 17’ 13” 19.39 Pisces
2020 Jan 23 00h 46m 37s +21° 15’ 20” 19.41 Pisces
2020 Jan 24 00h 47m 39s +21° 13’ 37” 19.42 Pisces
2020 Jan 25 00h 48m 42s +21° 12’ 06” 19.44 Pisces
2020 Jan 26 00h 49m 45s +21° 10’ 47” 19.45 Pisces
2020 Jan 27 00h 50m 48s +21° 09’ 38” 19.47 Pisces
2020 Jan 28 00h 51m 51s +21° 08’ 39” 19.48 Pisces
2020 Jan 29 00h 52m 55s +21° 07’ 50” 19.49 Pisces
2020 Jan 30 00h 54m 01s +21° 07’ 12” 19.51 Pisces
2020 Jan 31 00h 55m 06s +21° 06’ 42” 19.52 Pisces
2020 Feb 01 00h 56m 12s +21° 06’ 23” 19.53 Pisces
2020 Feb 02 00h 57m 19s +21° 06’ 11” 19.54 Pisces