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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 Triangulum on December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
01h 55m 22s
+31° 16’ 04”

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 58.6°
Max altitude: 69.8°
Azimuth: 301.4°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Dec 04 02h 08m 08s +33° 35’ 21” 18.08 Triangulum
2018 Dec 05 02h 06m 19s +33° 17’ 25” 18.10 Triangulum
2018 Dec 06 02h 04m 32s +32° 59’ 26” 18.12 Triangulum
2018 Dec 07 02h 02m 48s +32° 41’ 30” 18.15 Triangulum
2018 Dec 08 02h 01m 09s +32° 23’ 35” 18.17 Triangulum
2018 Dec 09 01h 59m 34s +32° 05’ 43” 18.19 Triangulum
2018 Dec 10 01h 58m 00s +31° 47’ 56” 18.21 Triangulum
2018 Dec 11 01h 56m 31s +31° 30’ 14” 18.23 Triangulum
2018 Dec 12 01h 55m 05s +31° 12’ 38” 18.25 Triangulum
2018 Dec 13 01h 53m 44s +30° 55’ 12” 18.27 Triangulum
2018 Dec 14 01h 52m 24s +30° 37’ 54” 18.30 Triangulum
2018 Dec 15 01h 51m 10s +30° 20’ 45” 18.32 Triangulum
2018 Dec 16 01h 49m 58s +30° 03’ 48” 18.34 Triangulum
2018 Dec 17 01h 48m 48s +29° 47’ 03” 18.36 Triangulum

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 22 February 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455980.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.89013639
Orbit inclination i 22.23159909°
Perihelion distance q 0.13964690 AU
20,890,878 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40253971 AU
359,414,826 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27109331 AU
190,152,852 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.4372 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-02 07:41:53
2,456,049.8208 JD
Next perihelion transit 2013-Oct-07 18:11
2,456,573.2579 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.11834070453°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.28781699952°
Mean anomaly M 312.32384307855°
Mean motion n 0.68776160°/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.