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Asteroid 17 Thetis

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Asteroid 17 Thetis Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 17 Thetis 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 17 Thetis in Virgo on December, 11 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
11h 57m 46s
+03° 20’ 24”
12.82

Asteroid 17 Thetis Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 17 Thetis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 86.6°
Max altitude: 41.9°
Azimuth: 273.4°

Asteroid 17 Thetis Orbit Diagram

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 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
2018 Dec 04 11h 48m 28s +04° 03’ 19” 12.91 Virgo
2018 Dec 05 11h 49m 41s +03° 57’ 30” 12.90 Virgo
2018 Dec 06 11h 50m 54s +03° 51’ 48” 12.89 Virgo
2018 Dec 07 11h 52m 06s +03° 46’ 11” 12.87 Virgo
2018 Dec 08 11h 53m 18s +03° 40’ 39” 12.86 Virgo
2018 Dec 09 11h 54m 29s +03° 35’ 12” 12.85 Virgo
2018 Dec 10 11h 55m 41s +03° 29’ 51” 12.84 Virgo
2018 Dec 11 11h 56m 50s +03° 24’ 34” 12.83 Virgo
2018 Dec 12 11h 58m 00s +03° 19’ 23” 12.82 Virgo
2018 Dec 13 11h 59m 08s +03° 14’ 20” 12.80 Virgo
2018 Dec 14 12h 00m 16s +03° 09’ 20” 12.79 Virgo
2018 Dec 15 12h 01m 23s +03° 04’ 27” 12.78 Virgo
2018 Dec 16 12h 02m 30s +02° 59’ 40” 12.77 Virgo
2018 Dec 17 12h 03m 37s +02° 55’ 00” 12.75 Virgo

Distance of Asteroid 17 Thetis from Earth

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

Distance of Asteroid 17 Thetis from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 17 Thetis

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 2075

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 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 17 Thetis at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13303161
Orbit inclination i 5.59120466°
Perihelion distance q 2.14171888 AU
320,396,585 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.79898925 AU
418,722,833 km
Semi-major axis a 2.47035407 AU
369,559,709 km
Orbital period period 3.8800 years
1,418.1992 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-06 02:42:25
2,458,823.6128 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 136.20825437775°
Longitude of the ascending node node 125.55295041634°
Mean anomaly M 303.36436944235°
Mean motion n 0.25384304°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2035-Jun-10
Distance of closest approach* 1.13909761 AU
170,406,578 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2075-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.