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Asteroid 17 Thetis

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Asteroid 17 Thetis Position

Asteroid 17 Thetis is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 21h 46m 42s and the Declination is -13° 08’ 57”.

21h 46m 42s
-13° 08’ 57”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 17 Thetis is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 17 Thetis in Capricornus on April, 08 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 17 Thetis is right now (view fullscreen)

17 Thetis
RA: 21h 46m 42s
Dec: -13° 08’ 57”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 17 Thetis
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 17 Thetis?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 17 Thetis in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 17 Thetis Distance

The distance of Asteroid 17 Thetis from Earth is currently 392,982,526 kilometers, equivalent to 2.626926 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 50.8486 seconds to travel from Asteroid 17 Thetis and arrive to us.

21 minutes and 50.8486 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 17 Thetis to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 17 Thetis to Earth happens on Sun Jun 10 2035 at a distance of 1.13909776 Astronomical Units, or 170,406,600 kilometers:

Sun Jun 10 2035

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

Asteroid 17 Thetis brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 17 Thetis is 12.57.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 17 Thetis, 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 17 Thetis between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.2°
Max altitude: 25.3°
Azimuth: 256.8°
Asteroid 17 Thetis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 17 Thetis at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13332273
Orbit inclination i 5.59266223°
Perihelion distance q 2.14152894 AU
320,368,170 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.80040044 AU
418,933,944 km
Semi-major axis a 2.47096469 AU
369,651,057 km
Orbital period period 3.8800 years
1,418.7250 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-05 08:48:00
2,458,822.8667 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Oct-24 02:12
2,460,241.5917 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 135.97414788489°
Longitude of the ascending node node 125.5396700653°
Mean anomaly M 45.0742725087°
Mean motion n 0.25374896°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 17 Thetis Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 17 Thetis with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis
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Asteroid 17 Thetis Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 17 Thetis. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 90.04 km 0.0071
Sideral Rotation 12.2705 hours 0.5127
Absolute Magnitude 7.76
Geometric Albedo 0.1715

Asteroid 17 Thetis 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 17 Thetis computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 17 Thetis in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Apr 01 21h 32m 13s -14° 09’ 23” 12.58 Capricornus
2020 Apr 02 21h 34m 05s -14° 01’ 44” 12.58 Capricornus
2020 Apr 03 21h 35m 57s -13° 54’ 03” 12.58 Capricornus
2020 Apr 04 21h 37m 50s -13° 46’ 22” 12.58 Capricornus
2020 Apr 05 21h 39m 39s -13° 38’ 40” 12.58 Capricornus
2020 Apr 06 21h 41m 30s -13° 30’ 57” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 07 21h 43m 19s -13° 23’ 14” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 08 21h 45m 10s -13° 15’ 32” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 09 21h 46m 59s -13° 07’ 48” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 10 21h 48m 47s -13° 00’ 03” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 11 21h 50m 35s -12° 52’ 19” 12.57 Capricornus
2020 Apr 12 21h 52m 22s -12° 44’ 35” 12.56 Capricornus
2020 Apr 13 21h 54m 08s -12° 36’ 51” 12.56 Capricornus
2020 Apr 14 21h 55m 54s -12° 29’ 08” 12.56 Capricornus