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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 01h 18m 38s and the Declination is +21° 54’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is 19.41 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 3200 Phaethon [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

01h 18m 38s
+21° 54’ 40”
Pisces
19.41

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 3200 Phaethon finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Pisces on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in Pisces on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

3200 Phaethon
RA: 01h 18m 38s
Dec: +21° 54’ 40”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 3200 Phaethon
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 3200 Phaethon?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 3200 Phaethon in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon from Earth is currently 379,163,845 kilometers, equivalent to 2.534554 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 4.7544 seconds to travel from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon and arrive to us.

379,163,845
2.534554
21 minutes and 4.7544 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 0.021740 Astronomical Units, or 3,252,305 kilometers:

Mon Dec 14 2093
3,252,305
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 19.41.

19.41

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: 68.1°
Max altitude: 60.4°
Azimuth: 291.9°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.88977082
Orbit inclination i 22.25528305°
Perihelion distance q 0.14014555 AU
20,965,476 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.40265759 AU
359,432,461 km
Semi-major axis a 1.27140157 AU
190,198,969 km
Orbital period period 1.4336 years
523.6276 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-May-15 04:16:26
2,459,714.6781 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Oct-20 19:20
2,460,238.3057 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.17473084333°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.22308812772°
Mean anomaly M 281.50125756838°
Mean motion n 0.68751148°/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
2023 Jan 29 01h 11m 52s +22° 05’ 49” 19.34 Pisces
2023 Jan 30 01h 12m 44s +22° 03’ 47” 19.35 Pisces
2023 Jan 31 01h 13m 39s +22° 01’ 54” 19.36 Pisces
2023 Feb 01 01h 14m 32s +22° 00’ 11” 19.37 Pisces
2023 Feb 02 01h 15m 29s +21° 58’ 40” 19.38 Pisces
2023 Feb 03 01h 16m 24s +21° 57’ 17” 19.39 Pisces
2023 Feb 04 01h 17m 21s +21° 56’ 04” 19.40 Pisces
2023 Feb 05 01h 18m 19s +21° 55’ 01” 19.41 Pisces
2023 Feb 06 01h 19m 17s +21° 54’ 08” 19.42 Pisces
2023 Feb 07 01h 20m 16s +21° 53’ 24” 19.43 Pisces
2023 Feb 08 01h 21m 15s +21° 52’ 47” 19.43 Pisces
2023 Feb 09 01h 22m 15s +21° 52’ 20” 19.44 Pisces
2023 Feb 10 01h 23m 17s +21° 52’ 01” 19.45 Pisces
2023 Feb 11 01h 24m 18s +21° 51’ 51” 19.46 Pisces