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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 09h 24m 27s and the Declination is +18° 33’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 16.37 (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]:

09h 24m 27s
+18° 33’ 11”
  • 3200 Phaethon is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 3200 Phaethon is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 20 inches (500mm) 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 Leo on October, 23 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Leo on October, 23 2020
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: 09h 24m 27s
Dec: +18° 33’ 11”
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 132,339,963 kilometers, equivalent to 0.884638 Astronomical Units. Light takes 7 minutes and 21.4386 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

7 minutes and 21.4386 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 3,252,283 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 16.37.


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: 72.1°
Max altitude: 56.9°
Azimuth: 288.2°

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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.88983112
Orbit inclination i 22.25951171°
Perihelion distance q 0.14006517 AU
20,953,452 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40267059 AU
359,434,405 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27136788 AU
190,193,929 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.6068 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-07 14:19:30
2,459,191.0969 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.18670983306°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.21769588658°
Mean anomaly M 228.95724324138°
Mean motion n 0.68753881°/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 Oct 16 08h 49m 51s +22° 04’ 28” 16.68 Cancer
2020 Oct 17 08h 54m 23s +21° 38’ 59” 16.64 Cancer
2020 Oct 18 08h 59m 03s +21° 12’ 06” 16.59 Cancer
2020 Oct 19 09h 03m 50s +20° 43’ 45” 16.55 Cancer
2020 Oct 20 09h 08m 44s +20° 13’ 49” 16.50 Cancer
2020 Oct 21 09h 13m 49s +19° 42’ 12” 16.46 Cancer
2020 Oct 22 09h 19m 01s +19° 08’ 49” 16.41 Cancer
2020 Oct 23 09h 24m 24s +18° 33’ 34” 16.37 Leo
2020 Oct 24 09h 29m 57s +17° 56’ 21” 16.32 Leo
2020 Oct 25 09h 35m 40s +17° 16’ 59” 16.28 Leo
2020 Oct 26 09h 41m 35s +16° 35’ 26” 16.24 Leo
2020 Oct 27 09h 47m 40s +15° 51’ 30” 16.20 Leo
2020 Oct 28 09h 53m 57s +15° 05’ 08” 16.16 Leo
2020 Oct 29 10h 00m 28s +14° 16’ 13” 16.12 Leo