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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is 03h 53m 55s and the Declination is +07° 58’ 24” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is 20.61 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) [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]:

03h 53m 55s
+07° 58’ 24”
Taurus
20.61

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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) in Taurus on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) in Taurus on October, 27 2020
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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

90377 Sedna
RA: 03h 53m 55s
Dec: +07° 58’ 24”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) from Earth is currently 12,493,459,701 kilometers, equivalent to 83.513620 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 hours, 34 minutes and 33.6958 seconds to travel from Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) and arrive to us.

12,493,459,701
83.513620
11 hours, 34 minutes and 33.6958 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) to Earth happens on Tue Dec 29 2076 at a distance of 75.214558 Astronomical Units, or 11,251,937,771 kilometers:

Tue Dec 29 2076
11,251,937,771
75.214558

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is 20.61.

20.61

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12), 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 82.0°
Max altitude: 46.5°
Azimuth: 278.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.84258739
Orbit inclination i 11.93069190°
Perihelion distance q 76.25671132 AU
11,407,841,663 km
Aphelion distance Q 892.62006003 AU
133,534,060,592 km
Semi-major axis a 484.43838568 AU
72,470,951,128 km
Orbital period period 10,662.6700 years
3,894,540.7217 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2076-Mar-09 08:44:18
2,479,371.8641 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.35220429883°
Longitude of the ascending node node 144.24786690597°
Mean anomaly M 358.11693044203°
Mean motion n 0.00009244°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)
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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 20 03h 54m 11s +07° 59’ 43” 20.63 Taurus
2020 Oct 21 03h 54m 08s +07° 59’ 32” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 22 03h 54m 06s +07° 59’ 21” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 23 03h 54m 05s +07° 59’ 11” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 24 03h 54m 02s +07° 58’ 59” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 25 03h 54m 01s +07° 58’ 50” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 26 03h 53m 58s +07° 58’ 39” 20.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 27 03h 53m 57s +07° 58’ 28” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Oct 28 03h 53m 53s +07° 58’ 18” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Oct 29 03h 53m 52s +07° 58’ 08” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Oct 30 03h 53m 49s +07° 57’ 57” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Oct 31 03h 53m 48s +07° 57’ 47” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Nov 01 03h 53m 45s +07° 57’ 38” 20.61 Taurus
2020 Nov 02 03h 53m 43s +07° 57’ 28” 20.60 Taurus