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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 02h 50m 14s and the Declination is +19° 52’ 15” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 14.74 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 3200 Phaethon [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

02h 50m 14s
+19° 52’ 15”
  • 3200 Phaethon is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 56° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 3200 Phaethon is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 14 inches (350mm) or more.
  • See also 3200 Phaethon rise and set times.
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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 3200 Phaethon finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Aries on May, 19 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Aries on May, 19 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

3200 Phaethon
RA: 02h 50m 14s
Dec: +19° 52’ 15”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 3200 Phaethon?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth is currently 141,335,372 kilometers, equivalent to 0.944769 Astronomical Units. Light takes 7 minutes and 51.4441 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

7 minutes and 51.4441 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 0.021740 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,305 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 14.74.


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: 70.4°
Max altitude: 58.4°
Azimuth: 290.1°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.88977082
Orbit inclination i 22.25528305°
Perihelion distance q 0.14014555 AU
20,965,476 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40265759 AU
359,432,461 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27140157 AU
190,198,969 km
Orbital period period 1.4336 years
523.6276 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-May-15 04:16:26
2,459,714.6781 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Oct-20 19:20
2,460,238.3057 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.17473084333°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.22308812772°
Mean anomaly M 281.50125756838°
Mean motion n 0.68751148°/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
2022 May 12 03h 59m 17s +16° 13’ 36” 14.27 Taurus
2022 May 13 03h 53m 39s +16° 15’ 24” 14.80 Taurus
2022 May 14 03h 45m 11s +16° 25’ 37” 16.00 Taurus
2022 May 15 03h 33m 56s +16° 47’ 38” 21.00 Taurus
2022 May 16 03h 21m 21s +17° 21’ 41” 21.00 Aries
2022 May 17 03h 09m 38s +18° 03’ 29” 17.00 Aries
2022 May 18 03h 00m 06s +18° 47’ 44” 15.00 Aries
2022 May 19 02h 52m 54s +19° 31’ 09” 14.85 Aries
2022 May 20 02h 47m 39s +20° 12’ 25” 14.64 Aries
2022 May 21 02h 43m 55s +20° 51’ 11” 14.59 Aries
2022 May 22 02h 41m 21s +21° 27’ 29” 14.63 Aries
2022 May 23 02h 39m 39s +22° 01’ 32” 14.70 Aries
2022 May 24 02h 38m 39s +22° 33’ 35” 14.79 Aries
2022 May 25 02h 38m 08s +23° 03’ 50” 14.89 Aries