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 Europe/London timezone.
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 Dec 08||20h 23m 06s||-22° 58’ 44”||7.99||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 09||20h 25m 06s||-22° 52’ 47”||7.99||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 10||20h 27m 06s||-22° 46’ 46”||7.99||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 11||20h 29m 08s||-22° 40’ 38”||8.00||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 12||20h 31m 09s||-22° 34’ 26”||8.00||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 13||20h 33m 10s||-22° 28’ 06”||8.00||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 14||20h 35m 09s||-22° 21’ 42”||8.01||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 15||20h 37m 10s||-22° 15’ 12”||8.01||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 16||20h 39m 11s||-22° 08’ 36”||8.01||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 17||20h 41m 12s||-22° 01’ 55”||8.01||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 18||20h 43m 14s||-21° 55’ 09”||8.02||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 19||20h 45m 14s||-21° 48’ 15”||8.02||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 20||20h 47m 15s||-21° 41’ 18”||8.02||Capricornus|
|2018 Dec 21||20h 49m 15s||-21° 34’ 15”||8.02||Capricornus|
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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Perihelion distance||q||2.15190945 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 01:25:47
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Dec-24 11:48
|Argument of perihelion||peri||150.72854128701°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||103.8108044271°|
|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.