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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Position

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Andromeda. The current Right Ascension is 01h 34m 16s and the Declination is +49° 09’ 02”.

01h 34m 16s
+49° 09’ 02”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Andromeda on October, 21 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now (view fullscreen)

3200 Phaethon
RA: 01h 34m 16s
Dec: +49° 09’ 02”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Distance

The distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth is currently 142,128,306 kilometers, equivalent to 0.950069 Astronomical Units. Light takes 7 minutes and 54.0890 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

7 minutes and 54.0890 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 0.02173951 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,185 kilometers:

Mon Dec 14 2093

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 16.80.


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

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is circumpolar and transits at 23:33 UTC (altitude: 87.7°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.88989766
Orbit inclination i 22.26024420°
Perihelion distance q 0.13998112 AU
20,940,878 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40276450 AU
359,448,453 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27137281 AU
190,194,666 km
Orbital period period 1.4300 years
523.6098 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Jul-02 23:52:01
2,458,667.4945 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Dec-07 14:30
2,459,191.1043 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.18551132256°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.21623469403°
Mean anomaly M 313.93897615022°
Mean motion n 0.68753481°/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
2019 Oct 14 02h 06m 28s +51° 54’ 29” 16.79 Perseus
2019 Oct 15 02h 01m 41s +51° 34’ 53” 16.79 Perseus
2019 Oct 16 01h 57m 00s +51° 14’ 02” 16.79 Perseus
2019 Oct 17 01h 52m 23s +50° 52’ 01” 16.79 Perseus
2019 Oct 18 01h 47m 53s +50° 28’ 54” 16.79 Perseus
2019 Oct 19 01h 43m 27s +50° 04’ 44” 16.79 Andromeda
2019 Oct 20 01h 39m 09s +49° 39’ 32” 16.80 Andromeda
2019 Oct 21 01h 34m 57s +49° 13’ 24” 16.80 Andromeda
2019 Oct 22 01h 30m 51s +48° 46’ 23” 16.81 Andromeda
2019 Oct 23 01h 26m 53s +48° 18’ 34” 16.82 Andromeda
2019 Oct 24 01h 23m 03s +47° 50’ 00” 16.83 Andromeda
2019 Oct 25 01h 19m 19s +47° 20’ 47” 16.84 Andromeda
2019 Oct 26 01h 15m 43s +46° 50’ 57” 16.85 Andromeda
2019 Oct 27 01h 12m 15s +46° 20’ 34” 16.86 Andromeda