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Asteroid 4 Vesta

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Asteroid 4 Vesta Sky Charts and Coordinates

This is a simplified sky chart, showing where Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta in Sagittarius on April, 22 2018
High Precision Live Sky Chart
18h 15m 00s
-17° 30’ 34”
 = 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 4 Vesta Rise and Set Times

Today's Asteroid 4 Vesta rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. All times are relative to the local timezone Europe/London.

Azimuth: 107.5°
Max altitude: 21.0°
Azimuth: 252.5°

Asteroid 4 Vesta Orbit Diagram

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 4 Vesta with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta
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Asteroid 4 Vesta Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 4 Vesta computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 4 Vesta in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date MagnitudeMag Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. Constellation
2018 Apr 15 6.78 18h 10m 33s -17° 29’ 35” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 16 6.76 18h 11m 17s -17° 29’ 39” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 17 6.74 18h 11m 58s -17° 29’ 44” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 18 6.73 18h 12m 38s -17° 29’ 49” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 19 6.71 18h 13m 17s -17° 29’ 57” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 20 6.69 18h 13m 53s -17° 30’ 07” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 21 6.67 18h 14m 26s -17° 30’ 20” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 22 6.65 18h 15m 00s -17° 30’ 34” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 23 6.63 18h 15m 30s -17° 30’ 51” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 24 6.61 18h 16m 00s -17° 31’ 11” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 25 6.59 18h 16m 27s -17° 31’ 35” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 26 6.57 18h 16m 53s -17° 32’ 00” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 27 6.54 18h 17m 17s -17° 32’ 30” Sagittarius
2018 Apr 28 6.52 18h 17m 38s -17° 33’ 02” Sagittarius

Distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta from Earth

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta from Earth between January 2013 and December 2075

Light Curve of Asteroid 4 Vesta

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 4 Vesta, 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 4 Vesta between January 2013 and December 2075

Asteroid 4 Vesta Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 4 Vesta. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 530 km 0.0416
Sideral Rotation 5.3420 hours 0.2232
Absolute Magnitude 3.2
Geometric Albedo 0.4228

Asteroid 4 Vesta Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 4 Vesta at epoch 22 March 2018 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.08906808
Orbit inclination i 7.14070227°
Perihelion distance q 2.15171549 AU
321,892,056 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.57249154 AU
384,839,258 km
Semi-major axis a 2.36210352 AU
353,365,657 km
Orbital period period 3.6300 years
1,326.0101 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 04:47:04
2,458,247.6994 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 150.76153683336°
Longitude of the ascending node node 103.81513259042°
Mean anomaly M 347.18579057615°
Mean motion n 0.27149115°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2047-Jun-14
Distance of closest approach* 1.13795847 AU
170,236,164 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.