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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 February, 23 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
02h 02m 28s
+20° 59’ 49”

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: 69.0°
Max altitude: 59.5°
Azimuth: 291.0°

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
2019 Feb 16 01h 55m 17s +21° 07’ 23” 19.04 Aries
2019 Feb 17 01h 56m 12s +21° 05’ 54” 19.04 Aries
2019 Feb 18 01h 57m 11s +21° 04’ 33” 19.04 Aries
2019 Feb 19 01h 58m 09s +21° 03’ 21” 19.04 Aries
2019 Feb 20 01h 59m 08s +21° 02’ 18” 19.04 Aries
2019 Feb 21 02h 00m 08s +21° 01’ 23” 19.03 Aries
2019 Feb 22 02h 01m 10s +21° 00’ 37” 19.03 Aries
2019 Feb 23 02h 02m 12s +20° 59’ 57” 19.03 Aries
2019 Feb 24 02h 03m 16s +20° 59’ 26” 19.02 Aries
2019 Feb 25 02h 04m 20s +20° 59’ 03” 19.02 Aries
2019 Feb 26 02h 05m 26s +20° 58’ 45” 19.02 Aries
2019 Feb 27 02h 06m 33s +20° 58’ 36” 19.01 Aries
2019 Feb 28 02h 07m 40s +20° 58’ 35” 19.01 Aries
2019 Mar 01 02h 08m 48s +20° 58’ 38” 19.00 Aries

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 2100

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 2100

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon at epoch 07 August 2012 00:00 UTC (JD: 2456147.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.89012627
Orbit inclination i 22.23309844°
Perihelion distance q 0.13966276 AU
20,893,252 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40257848 AU
359,420,626 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27112062 AU
190,156,939 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.4541 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2012-May-02 07:40:19
2,456,049.8197 JD
Next perihelion transit 2013-Oct-07 18:34
2,456,573.2737 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.12579679671°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.28483694096°
Mean anomaly M 67.178614326431°
Mean motion n 0.68773943°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2093-Dec-14
Distance of closest approach* 0.02173963 AU
3,252,203 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.