Asteroid 87 Sylvia
Asteroid 87 Sylvia was discovered on May 16, 1866, by English astronomer Norman Robert Pogson. It is a relatively large main-belt asteroid, with a diameter of approximately 286 kilometers. The asteroid is named after Rhea Sylvia, the mythical mother of the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Sylvia has an orbital period of 5.5 years and an average distance from the Sun of approximately 3 astronomical units. It is a member of the Cybele group, which is a large group of asteroids that share similar orbital characteristics. Sylvia is notable for having a satellite system discovered in 2001 by Franck Marchis and his team and composed by two orbiting satellites named (87) Sylvia I Romulus and (87) Sylvia II Remus.
Asteroid 87 Sylvia is currently in the constellation of Microscopium. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 87 Sylvia is 20h 28m 05s and the Declination is -27° 48’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom ). The current magnitude of Asteroid 87 Sylvia is 12.29 (JPL).
Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 87 Sylvia from Greenwich, United Kingdom (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
- 87 Sylvia is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Given its current magnitude, 87 Sylvia is visible with the help of a telescope having an aperture of 4 inches (100mm) or more.
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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.
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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.
RA: 20h 28m 05s
Dec: -27° 48’ 28”
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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 370,788,300 kilometers, equivalent to 2.478567 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 36.8166 seconds to travel from Asteroid 87 Sylvia and arrive to us.
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.
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 1 January 1900 and 31 December 2099, the closest approach of Asteroid 87 Sylvia to Earth happens on Mon Aug 22 2095 at a distance of 2.153632 Astronomical Units, or 322,178,836 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 87 Sylvia Brightness and Light Curve
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.
Asteroid 87 Sylvia Orbital Elements
The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 87 Sylvia at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||3.15090993 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2024-Feb-25 00:18:51
|Argument of perihelion||peri||264.28815649744°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||73.010384379893°|
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!
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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.
|2023 May 29||20h 28m 04s||-27° 13’ 49”||12.42||Capricornus|
|2023 May 30||20h 28m 08s||-27° 17’ 52”||12.40||Capricornus|
|2023 May 31||20h 28m 11s||-27° 22’ 00”||12.39||Capricornus|
|2023 Jun 01||20h 28m 14s||-27° 26’ 13”||12.37||Capricornus|
|2023 Jun 02||20h 28m 14s||-27° 30’ 32”||12.35||Capricornus|
|2023 Jun 03||20h 28m 14s||-27° 34’ 54”||12.34||Capricornus|
|2023 Jun 04||20h 28m 11s||-27° 39’ 23”||12.32||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 05||20h 28m 09s||-27° 43’ 54”||12.30||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 06||20h 28m 05s||-27° 48’ 32”||12.29||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 07||20h 27m 59s||-27° 53’ 12”||12.27||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 08||20h 27m 51s||-27° 57’ 57”||12.25||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 09||20h 27m 42s||-28° 02’ 47”||12.23||Microscopium|
|2023 Jun 10||20h 27m 33s||-28° 07’ 40”||12.22||Sagittarius|
|2023 Jun 11||20h 27m 21s||-28° 12’ 37”||12.20||Sagittarius|