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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 October, 16 2018
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
18h 42m 13s
-25° 44’ 18”

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 Europe/London timezone.

Azimuth: 115.7°
Max altitude: 12.8°
Azimuth: 244.3°

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 Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2018 Oct 09 18h 29m 54s -25° 44’ 44” 7.54 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 10 18h 31m 33s -25° 44’ 58” 7.55 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 11 18h 33m 14s -25° 45’ 06” 7.56 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 12 18h 34m 54s -25° 45’ 10” 7.57 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 13 18h 36m 35s -25° 45’ 06” 7.58 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 14 18h 38m 17s -25° 44’ 58” 7.59 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 15 18h 40m 00s -25° 44’ 44” 7.60 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 16 18h 41m 44s -25° 44’ 25” 7.61 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 17 18h 43m 27s -25° 43’ 59” 7.62 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 18 18h 45m 12s -25° 43’ 27” 7.63 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 19 18h 46m 58s -25° 42’ 50” 7.64 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 20 18h 48m 43s -25° 42’ 06” 7.65 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 21 18h 50m 30s -25° 41’ 16” 7.66 Sagittarius
2018 Oct 22 18h 52m 17s -25° 40’ 20” 7.67 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
Next perihelion transit 2021-Dec-25 05:01
2,459,573.7094 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.