Asteroid 16 Psyche
Asteroid 16 Psyche Position
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Asteroid 16 Psyche Distance
The distance of Asteroid 16 Psyche from Earth is currently 528,262,673 kilometers, equivalent to 3.531218 Astronomical Units. Light takes 29 minutes and 22.0946 seconds to travel from Asteroid 16 Psyche and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 16 Psyche 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.
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 16 Psyche from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Asteroid 16 Psyche to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 16 Psyche to Earth happens on Mon Aug 17 2099 at a distance of 1.66470723 Astronomical Units, or 249,036,658 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 16 Psyche brightness
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 16 Psyche, 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.
Asteroid 16 Psyche rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 16 Psyche 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 16 Psyche Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.53249385 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2020-Apr-25 06:22:24
|Argument of perihelion||peri||229.02678759228°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||150.04071177055°|
Visualization of Asteroid 16 Psyche Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 16 Psyche with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 16 Psyche 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!
Asteroid 16 Psyche Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 16 Psyche. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Sideral Rotation||4.1960 hours||0.1753|
Asteroid 16 Psyche 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 16 Psyche computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 16 Psyche in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Mar 21||00h 28m 49s||+01° 33’ 29”||10.92||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 22||00h 30m 32s||+01° 44’ 07”||10.91||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 23||00h 32m 14s||+01° 54’ 43”||10.90||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 24||00h 33m 59s||+02° 05’ 20”||10.89||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 25||00h 35m 41s||+02° 15’ 55”||10.87||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 26||00h 37m 26s||+02° 26’ 30”||10.86||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 27||00h 39m 08s||+02° 37’ 03”||10.84||Cetus|
|2020 Mar 28||00h 40m 53s||+02° 47’ 35”||10.83||Pisces|
|2020 Mar 29||00h 42m 36s||+02° 58’ 09”||10.82||Pisces|
|2020 Mar 30||00h 44m 20s||+03° 08’ 39”||10.80||Pisces|
|2020 Mar 31||00h 46m 04s||+03° 19’ 09”||10.79||Pisces|
|2020 Apr 01||00h 47m 47s||+03° 29’ 39”||10.77||Pisces|
|2020 Apr 02||00h 49m 31s||+03° 40’ 06”||10.77||Pisces|
|2020 Apr 03||00h 51m 15s||+03° 50’ 32”||10.77||Pisces|