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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Position

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension is 02h 09m 39s and the Declination is +23° 32’ 33”.

02h 09m 39s
+23° 32’ 33”

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 Aries on March, 29 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: 02h 09m 39s
Dec: +23° 32’ 33”
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 479,419,440 kilometers, equivalent to 3.204721 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 39.1711 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

479,419,440
3.204721
26 minutes and 39.1711 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 0.02174017 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,283 kilometers:

Mon Dec 14 2093
3,252,283
0.021740

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 19.46.

19.46

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: 66.5°
Max altitude: 62.1°
Azimuth: 293.6°
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is above 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 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 Mar 22 01h 59m 11s +23° 02’ 11” 19.49 Aries
2020 Mar 23 02h 00m 33s +23° 06’ 07” 19.48 Aries
2020 Mar 24 02h 01m 57s +23° 10’ 05” 19.48 Aries
2020 Mar 25 02h 03m 20s +23° 14’ 07” 19.48 Aries
2020 Mar 26 02h 04m 44s +23° 18’ 08” 19.48 Aries
2020 Mar 27 02h 06m 07s +23° 22’ 13” 19.47 Aries
2020 Mar 28 02h 07m 32s +23° 26’ 18” 19.47 Aries
2020 Mar 29 02h 08m 56s +23° 30’ 25” 19.47 Aries
2020 Mar 30 02h 10m 20s +23° 34’ 33” 19.46 Aries
2020 Mar 31 02h 11m 45s +23° 38’ 44” 19.46 Aries
2020 Apr 01 02h 13m 10s +23° 42’ 56” 19.46 Aries
2020 Apr 02 02h 14m 35s +23° 47’ 08” 19.45 Aries
2020 Apr 03 02h 16m 00s +23° 51’ 21” 19.45 Aries
2020 Apr 04 02h 17m 26s +23° 55’ 36” 19.44 Aries