Asteroid 4 Vesta
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 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.
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!
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.
|2018 Jun 14||5.44||17h 58m 27s||-19° 23’ 12”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 15||5.42||17h 57m 26s||-19° 27’ 15”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 16||5.39||17h 56m 26s||-19° 31’ 19”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 17||5.37||17h 55m 24s||-19° 35’ 26”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 18||5.35||17h 54m 24s||-19° 39’ 36”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 19||5.33||17h 53m 21s||-19° 43’ 46”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 20||5.33||17h 52m 19s||-19° 47’ 58”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 21||5.33||17h 51m 19s||-19° 52’ 14”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 22||5.35||17h 50m 17s||-19° 56’ 29”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 23||5.37||17h 49m 15s||-20° 00’ 46”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 24||5.40||17h 48m 14s||-20° 05’ 03”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 25||5.42||17h 47m 12s||-20° 09’ 23”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 26||5.45||17h 46m 13s||-20° 13’ 41”||Sagittarius|
|2018 Jun 27||5.47||17h 45m 12s||-20° 18’ 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.
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.
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|
|Sideral Rotation||5.3420 hours||0.2232|
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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.15171549 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 04:47:04
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Dec-25 05:01
|Argument of perihelion||peri||150.76153683336°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||103.81513259042°|
|Closest approach to Earth*||2047-Jun-14|
|Distance of closest approach*||1.13795847 AU
* 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.