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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 March, 28 2017
High Precision Live Sky Chart
07h 35m 35s
+26° 10’ 00”
 = 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: 63.8°
Max altitude: 64.7°
Azimuth: 296.2°

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 Mar 21 7.44 07h 31m 53s +26° 15’ 28” Gemini
2017 Mar 22 7.46 07h 32m 20s +26° 14’ 56” Gemini
2017 Mar 23 7.47 07h 32m 48s +26° 14’ 20” Gemini
2017 Mar 24 7.49 07h 33m 17s +26° 13’ 37” Gemini
2017 Mar 25 7.50 07h 33m 50s +26° 12’ 51” Gemini
2017 Mar 26 7.52 07h 34m 23s +26° 11’ 59” Gemini
2017 Mar 27 7.53 07h 34m 58s +26° 11’ 03” Gemini
2017 Mar 28 7.55 07h 35m 35s +26° 10’ 00” Gemini
2017 Mar 29 7.56 07h 36m 12s +26° 08’ 54” Gemini
2017 Mar 30 7.58 07h 36m 52s +26° 07’ 44” Gemini
2017 Mar 31 7.59 07h 37m 33s +26° 06’ 28” Gemini
2017 Apr 01 7.60 07h 38m 17s +26° 05’ 07” Gemini
2017 Apr 02 7.62 07h 39m 02s +26° 03’ 41” Gemini
2017 Apr 03 7.63 07h 39m 47s +26° 02’ 11” 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.