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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 Gemini on February, 20 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 32m 39s
+25° 49’ 41”
 = 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: 64.2°
Max altitude: 64.3°
Azimuth: 295.8°

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
2017 Feb 13 6.78 07h 36m 57s +25° 29’ 32” Gemini
2017 Feb 14 6.80 07h 36m 15s +25° 32’ 48” Gemini
2017 Feb 15 6.82 07h 35m 35s +25° 35’ 56” Gemini
2017 Feb 16 6.84 07h 34m 56s +25° 38’ 56” Gemini
2017 Feb 17 6.86 07h 34m 19s +25° 41’ 48” Gemini
2017 Feb 18 6.88 07h 33m 44s +25° 44’ 34” Gemini
2017 Feb 19 6.90 07h 33m 11s +25° 47’ 12” Gemini
2017 Feb 20 6.92 07h 32m 39s +25° 49’ 41” Gemini
2017 Feb 21 6.94 07h 32m 11s +25° 52’ 05” Gemini
2017 Feb 22 6.96 07h 31m 44s +25° 54’ 21” Gemini
2017 Feb 23 6.98 07h 31m 18s +25° 56’ 30” Gemini
2017 Feb 24 7.00 07h 30m 55s +25° 58’ 32” Gemini
2017 Feb 25 7.02 07h 30m 33s +26° 00’ 27” Gemini
2017 Feb 26 7.04 07h 30m 14s +26° 02’ 15” Gemini

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 January 2030

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 January 2030

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 30 July 2016 00:00 UTC (JD: 2457600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.08906674
Orbit inclination i 7.14040616°
Perihelion distance q 2.15103062 AU
321,789,601 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.57166578 AU
384,715,726 km
Semi-major axis a 2.36134820 AU
353,252,663 km
Orbital period period 3.6300 years
1,325.3741 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-10 09:56:22
2,458,248.9142 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 151.11163471713°
Longitude of the ascending node node 103.84251223291°
Mean anomaly M 183.87682247419°
Mean motion n 0.27162143°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2018-Jun-19
Distance of closest approach* 1.14158104 AU
170,778,093 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2030-Jan-01, with a sampling interval of 1 day.