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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)

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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Position

Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 52m 08s and the Declination is +08° 03’ 50”.

03h 52m 08s
+08° 03’ 50”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) in Taurus on July, 24 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is right now (view fullscreen)

90377 Sedna
RA: 03h 52m 08s
Dec: +08° 03’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12)
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Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) Distance

The distance of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) from Earth is currently 12,745,266,212 kilometers, equivalent to 85.196842 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 hours, 48 minutes and 33.6319 seconds to travel from Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) and arrive to us.

12,745,266,212
85.196842
11 hours, 48 minutes and 33.6319 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 75.20341319 Astronomical Units, or 11,250,270,506 kilometers:

Tue Dec 29 2076
11,250,270,506
75.203413

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 20.91.

20.91

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: 81.9°
Max altitude: 46.6°
Azimuth: 278.1°
Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 90377 Sedna (2003 VB12) at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.84131958
Orbit inclination i 11.92992425°
Perihelion distance q 76.15150339 AU
11,392,102,780 km
Aphelion distance Q 883.65822913 AU
132,193,389,769 km
Semi-major axis a 479.90486626 AU
71,792,746,275 km
Orbital period period 10,513.3500 years
3,839,999.4083 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2076-Jul-11 19:22:38
2,479,496.3074 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 311.53735462957°
Longitude of the ascending node node 144.32745523351°
Mean anomaly M 358.04101775555°
Mean motion n 0.00009375°/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
2019 Jul 17 03h 51m 55s +08° 04’ 00” 20.90 Taurus
2019 Jul 18 03h 51m 56s +08° 04’ 00” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 19 03h 51m 59s +08° 03’ 59” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 20 03h 52m 00s +08° 03’ 57” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 21 03h 52m 03s +08° 03’ 56” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 22 03h 52m 05s +08° 03’ 55” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 23 03h 52m 05s +08° 03’ 52” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 24 03h 52m 08s +08° 03’ 51” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 25 03h 52m 09s +08° 03’ 48” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 26 03h 52m 10s +08° 03’ 47” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 27 03h 52m 13s +08° 03’ 43” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 28 03h 52m 14s +08° 03’ 42” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 29 03h 52m 15s +08° 03’ 38” 20.91 Taurus
2019 Jul 30 03h 52m 18s +08° 03’ 34” 20.91 Taurus