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Asteroid 87 Sylvia

Asteroid 87 Sylvia is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 87 Sylvia is 08h 29m 48s and the Declination is +27° 31’ 26” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 87 Sylvia is 13.60 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 87 Sylvia [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]:

08h 29m 48s
+27° 31’ 26”
  • 87 Sylvia is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 66° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 87 Sylvia is visible with the help of a telescope havng an aperture of 8 inches (200mm) or more.
  • See also 87 Sylvia rise and set times.
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Asteroid 87 Sylvia Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 87 Sylvia 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 87 Sylvia in Cancer on June, 05 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 87 Sylvia in Cancer on June, 05 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 87 Sylvia is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

87 Sylvia
RA: 08h 29m 48s
Dec: +27° 31’ 26”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 87 Sylvia
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 87 Sylvia?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 87 Sylvia in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 87 Sylvia Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 87 Sylvia from Earth is currently 654,741,615 kilometers, equivalent to 4.376677 Astronomical Units. Light takes 36 minutes and 23.9829 seconds to travel from Asteroid 87 Sylvia and arrive to us.

36 minutes and 23.9829 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 87 Sylvia 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 87 Sylvia from Earth between January 1900 and January 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 87 Sylvia from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 87 Sylvia to Earth

Between January 1900 and January 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 87 Sylvia to Earth happens on Mon Aug 22 2095 at a distance of 2.15363251 Astronomical Units, or 322,178,839 kilometers:

Mon Aug 22 2095

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

Asteroid 87 Sylvia brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 87 Sylvia is 13.60.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 87 Sylvia, 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 87 Sylvia between January 1900 and January 2100

Asteroid 87 Sylvia 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 87 Sylvia rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 62.4°
Max altitude: 66.0°
Azimuth: 297.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 87 Sylvia 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 87 Sylvia Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 87 Sylvia at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.09340362
Orbit inclination i 10.87598493°
Perihelion distance q 3.15683273 AU
472,255,456 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.80730874 AU
569,565,281 km
Semi-major axis a 3.48207074 AU
520,910,369 km
Orbital period period 6.5000 years
2,373.3119 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Aug-23 13:20:19
2,457,989.0558 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Feb-21 20:49
2,460,362.3676 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 263.5897254764°
Longitude of the ascending node node 73.040641103011°
Mean anomaly M 153.42270172388°
Mean motion n 0.15168677°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 87 Sylvia Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 87 Sylvia with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 87 Sylvia 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 87 Sylvia
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Asteroid 87 Sylvia 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 87 Sylvia computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 87 Sylvia in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 May 29 08h 21m 29s +28° 04’ 00” 13.59 Cancer
2020 May 30 08h 22m 33s +27° 59’ 52” 13.59 Cancer
2020 May 31 08h 23m 38s +27° 55’ 41” 13.59 Cancer
2020 Jun 01 08h 24m 42s +27° 51’ 28” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 02 08h 25m 47s +27° 47’ 12” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 03 08h 26m 53s +27° 42’ 56” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 04 08h 28m 00s +27° 38’ 38” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 05 08h 29m 05s +27° 34’ 17” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 06 08h 30m 11s +27° 29’ 54” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 07 08h 31m 18s +27° 25’ 31” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 08 08h 32m 26s +27° 21’ 06” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 09 08h 33m 33s +27° 16’ 37” 13.60 Cancer
2020 Jun 10 08h 34m 41s +27° 12’ 09” 13.61 Cancer
2020 Jun 11 08h 35m 48s +27° 07’ 37” 13.61 Cancer