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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is now with respect to the brightest stars and constellations.

More advanced sky charts are available on TheSkyLive for this object: 1) the Online Planetarium which is interactive and allows to select dates and additional objects to visualize; and 2) the Live Position and Data Tracker which provides the highest precision position data and features deep sky imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey.

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Aries on June, 20 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 16m 00s
+30° 44’ 12”
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 3200 Phaethon rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 59.3°
Max altitude: 69.3°
Azimuth: 300.7°

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Orbit Diagram

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 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Jun 13 19.25 03h 05m 34s +29° 56’ 30” Aries
2018 Jun 14 19.26 03h 07m 05s +30° 03’ 27” Aries
2018 Jun 15 19.27 03h 08m 35s +30° 10’ 22” Aries
2018 Jun 16 19.28 03h 10m 05s +30° 17’ 13” Aries
2018 Jun 17 19.30 03h 11m 35s +30° 24’ 02” Aries
2018 Jun 18 19.31 03h 13m 04s +30° 30’ 47” Aries
2018 Jun 19 19.32 03h 14m 33s +30° 37’ 32” Aries
2018 Jun 20 19.33 03h 16m 00s +30° 44’ 12” Aries
2018 Jun 21 19.34 03h 17m 29s +30° 50’ 49” Aries
2018 Jun 22 19.35 03h 18m 56s +30° 57’ 24” Aries
2018 Jun 23 19.36 03h 20m 22s +31° 03’ 57” Aries
2018 Jun 24 19.37 03h 21m 48s +31° 10’ 27” Perseus
2018 Jun 25 19.38 03h 23m 15s +31° 16’ 54” Perseus
2018 Jun 26 19.39 03h 24m 39s +31° 23’ 21” Perseus

Distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth as a function of time. Distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with a 2 days interval.

The reported distances might be inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 3200 Phaethon is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

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 2075

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon at epoch 01 November 2011 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455867.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.89010068
Orbit inclination i 22.22148472°
Perihelion distance q 0.13970423 AU
20,899,455 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40269960 AU
359,438,744 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27120191 AU
190,169,100 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.5043 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-02 07:38:27
2,456,049.8184 JD
Next perihelion transit 2013-Oct-07 19:44
2,456,573.3226 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.10163483911°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.30052072139°
Mean anomaly M 234.62449242229°
Mean motion n 0.68767347°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2017-Dec-17
Distance of closest approach* 0.06894210 AU
10,313,592 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.