Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Auriga. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 05h 44m 02s and the Declination is +30° 17’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 18.77 (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]:
- 3200 Phaethon is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
- It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 40° above the horizon.
- Given its current magnitude, 3200 Phaethon is visible only through long exposure photography.
- See also 3200 Phaethon rise and set times.
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Additional information about Asteroid 3200 Phaethon available on TheSkyLive:
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.
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.
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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Distance from Earth
The distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth is currently 365,441,900 kilometers, equivalent to 2.442828 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 18.9830 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.
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.
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 0.02174017 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,283 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon brightness
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.
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon rise and set times
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
|Perihelion distance||q||0.14006517 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Dec-07 14:19:30
|Argument of perihelion||peri||322.18670983306°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||265.21769588658°|
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!
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.
|2020 Jul 31||05h 30m 15s||+30° 16’ 10”||18.87||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 01||05h 32m 09s||+30° 16’ 36”||18.85||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 02||05h 34m 04s||+30° 16’ 59”||18.84||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 03||05h 35m 57s||+30° 17’ 16”||18.83||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 04||05h 37m 53s||+30° 17’ 27”||18.81||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 05||05h 39m 47s||+30° 17’ 35”||18.80||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 06||05h 41m 44s||+30° 17’ 35”||18.79||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 07||05h 43m 40s||+30° 17’ 33”||18.77||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 08||05h 45m 37s||+30° 17’ 23”||18.76||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 09||05h 47m 34s||+30° 17’ 09”||18.74||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 10||05h 49m 31s||+30° 16’ 50”||18.72||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 11||05h 51m 29s||+30° 16’ 24”||18.71||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 12||05h 53m 27s||+30° 15’ 54”||18.69||Auriga|
|2020 Aug 13||05h 55m 27s||+30° 15’ 16”||18.67||Auriga|