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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)

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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) 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 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) in Taurus on January, 23 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
03h 41m 39s
+07° 20’ 30”
20.92
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 82.7°
Max altitude: 45.9°
Azimuth: 277.3°

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Orbit Diagram

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) 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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Jan 16 20.92 03h 41m 45s +07° 19’ 56” Taurus
2017 Jan 17 20.92 03h 41m 44s +07° 20’ 00” Taurus
2017 Jan 18 20.92 03h 41m 43s +07° 20’ 04” Taurus
2017 Jan 19 20.92 03h 41m 41s +07° 20’ 09” Taurus
2017 Jan 20 20.92 03h 41m 40s +07° 20’ 13” Taurus
2017 Jan 21 20.92 03h 41m 40s +07° 20’ 18” Taurus
2017 Jan 22 20.92 03h 41m 39s +07° 20’ 25” Taurus
2017 Jan 23 20.92 03h 41m 39s +07° 20’ 30” Taurus
2017 Jan 24 20.92 03h 41m 38s +07° 20’ 35” Taurus
2017 Jan 25 20.92 03h 41m 36s +07° 20’ 41” Taurus
2017 Jan 26 20.92 03h 41m 36s +07° 20’ 48” Taurus
2017 Jan 27 20.93 03h 41m 35s +07° 20’ 53” Taurus
2017 Jan 28 20.93 03h 41m 35s +07° 20’ 59” Taurus
2017 Jan 29 20.93 03h 41m 35s +07° 21’ 06” Taurus

Distance of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) from Earth

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

Distance of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) from Earth between January 2013 and January 2030

Light Curve of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)

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 January 2030

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) at epoch 15 February 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457800.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.84582672
Orbit inclination i 11.92883370°
Perihelion distance q 76.03166254 AU
11,374,174,845 km
Aphelion distance Q 910.28271757 AU
136,176,356,557 km
Semi-major axis a 493.15719006 AU
73,775,265,701 km
Orbital period period 10,951.8200 years
4,000,151.8776 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2076-Sep-12 10:27:44
2,479,558.9359 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.58636485764°
Longitude of the ascending node node 144.49833435513°
Mean anomaly M 358.04181511719°
Mean motion n 0.00009000°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2029-Nov-28
Distance of closest approach* 81.08128365 AU
12,129,587,411 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.