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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 Taurus on December, 12 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
05h 11m 53s
+16° 41’ 12”
11.55
 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 73.3°
Max altitude: 55.2°
Azimuth: 286.7°

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 MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2017 Dec 05 11.63 05h 19m 09s +16° 41’ 44” Taurus
2017 Dec 06 11.61 05h 18m 06s +16° 41’ 32” Taurus
2017 Dec 07 11.59 05h 17m 06s +16° 41’ 24” Taurus
2017 Dec 08 11.57 05h 16m 03s +16° 41’ 17” Taurus
2017 Dec 09 11.56 05h 15m 01s +16° 41’ 12” Taurus
2017 Dec 10 11.55 05h 13m 58s +16° 41’ 09” Taurus
2017 Dec 11 11.54 05h 12m 56s +16° 41’ 09” Taurus
2017 Dec 12 11.55 05h 11m 53s +16° 41’ 12” Taurus
2017 Dec 13 11.56 05h 10m 50s +16° 41’ 17” Taurus
2017 Dec 14 11.57 05h 09m 47s +16° 41’ 26” Taurus
2017 Dec 15 11.59 05h 08m 44s +16° 41’ 35” Taurus
2017 Dec 16 11.61 05h 07m 42s +16° 41’ 48” Taurus
2017 Dec 17 11.64 05h 06m 42s +16° 42’ 03” Taurus
2017 Dec 18 11.66 05h 05m 40s +16° 42’ 21” Taurus

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 03 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13263821
Orbit inclination i 5.59026911°
Perihelion distance q 2.14335568 AU
320,641,447 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.79888576 AU
418,707,352 km
Semi-major axis a 2.47112072 AU
369,674,399 km
Orbital period period 3.8800 years
1,418.8594 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Jan-17 06:00:50
2,457,404.7506 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Dec-06 02:38
2,458,823.6100 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 136.1258415764°
Longitude of the ascending node node 125.55736268622°
Mean anomaly M 151.15647361328°
Mean motion n 0.25372492°/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.