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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 Cetus on April, 21 2019
High Precision Live Sky Chart
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
00h 37m 43s
-01° 23’ 54”
8.18

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: 91.4°
Max altitude: 37.1°
Azimuth: 268.7°

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
2019 Apr 14 00h 24m 53s -02° 40’ 11” 8.14 Pisces
2019 Apr 15 00h 26m 39s -02° 29’ 45” 8.14 Cetus
2019 Apr 16 00h 28m 23s -02° 19’ 20” 8.15 Cetus
2019 Apr 17 00h 30m 06s -02° 08’ 58” 8.16 Cetus
2019 Apr 18 00h 31m 51s -01° 58’ 39” 8.16 Cetus
2019 Apr 19 00h 33m 36s -01° 48’ 20” 8.17 Cetus
2019 Apr 20 00h 35m 18s -01° 38’ 04” 8.17 Cetus
2019 Apr 21 00h 37m 03s -01° 27’ 51” 8.18 Cetus
2019 Apr 22 00h 38m 47s -01° 17’ 39” 8.18 Cetus
2019 Apr 23 00h 40m 30s -01° 07’ 28” 8.19 Cetus
2019 Apr 24 00h 42m 12s -00° 57’ 21” 8.19 Cetus
2019 Apr 25 00h 43m 57s -00° 47’ 17” 8.20 Cetus
2019 Apr 26 00h 45m 39s -00° 37’ 14” 8.20 Cetus
2019 Apr 27 00h 47m 21s -00° 27’ 14” 8.20 Cetus

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 2100

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 2100

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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.08872146
Orbit inclination i 7.14177081°
Perihelion distance q 2.15190945 AU
321,921,073 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.57092634 AU
384,605,107 km
Semi-major axis a 2.36141790 AU
353,263,090 km
Orbital period period 3.6300 years
1,325.4328 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-May-09 01:25:47
2,458,247.5596 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Dec-24 11:48
2,459,572.9923 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 150.72854128701°
Longitude of the ascending node node 103.8108044271°
Mean anomaly M 95.861936200177°
Mean motion n 0.27160940°/day
Closest approach to Earth* 2076-Jun-07
Distance of closest approach* 1.13751791 AU
170,170,258 km

* NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed for the time interval between 2013-Jan-01 and 2100-Dec-31, with a sampling interval of 1 day.