(52) Europa
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase
Today23 Jun 202412.53.374 AU2.854 AU22h46m-10°08'112.4°16.2°
Opposition25 Aug 202411.33.333 AU2.324 AU22h26m-14°32'175.5°1.3°
(52) Europa - 2024-06-23
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The interactive orbit chart above shows the body's path through the solar system and its position at the given date. Green and blue lines are shown perpendicular to the ecliptic plane: Green if the path is above the ecliptic plane, blue if it is below. (Left-click and drag to rotate the view; Right-click and drag to move the view; Use scroll wheel to zoom in our out.)

The orbital elements of Europa are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.1115001
            a (Semimajor axis)              : 3.0925981
            i (Inclination)                 : 7.48015
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 128.57922
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 342.91809
            M (Mean anomaly)                : 203.76922
            Epoch                           : 2024 Mar 31

            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 111.63431
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -2.19151
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 5.44            
        

The light curve chart below shows the estimated development of the minor planet's magnitude.


The all-sky chart below shows the path of the minor planet over the same period as the light curve. The current position is marked yellow.





The following chart shows the path of the minor planet in the next few days. The field of view is optimized for (~10x50) binoculars and finderscopes. A more printer-friendly version of the same chart can be found below.




Ephemerides:
Date       Time       RA (2000)    DEC (2000)    delta   radius  elong  phase   PA    magn
2024-06-23 00:00 UT   22 46 59.7   -10 08 51     2.854    3.374  112.4   16.2   249   12.5 
2024-06-23 01:24 UT   22 47 00.5   -10 08 54     2.853    3.374  112.4   16.2   249   12.5 
2024-06-24 00:00 UT   22 47 12.5   -10 09 42     2.840    3.373  113.3   16.1   249   12.4 
2024-06-25 00:00 UT   22 47 24.3   -10 10 40     2.827    3.373  114.2   16.0   249   12.4 
2024-06-26 00:00 UT   22 47 35.0   -10 11 46     2.813    3.372  115.1   15.8   249   12.4 
2024-06-27 00:00 UT   22 47 44.6   -10 12 59     2.800    3.372  116.0   15.7   249   12.4 
2024-06-28 00:00 UT   22 47 53.2   -10 14 19     2.786    3.371  117.0   15.6   249   12.4 
2024-06-29 00:00 UT   22 48 00.7   -10 15 47     2.773    3.371  117.9   15.5   249   12.4 
2024-06-30 00:00 UT   22 48 07.1   -10 17 22     2.760    3.370  118.8   15.3   249   12.3 
2024-07-01 00:00 UT   22 48 12.3   -10 19 05     2.747    3.369  119.8   15.2   249   12.3 
2024-07-02 00:00 UT   22 48 16.5   -10 20 55     2.734    3.369  120.7   15.0   249   12.3 
2024-07-03 00:00 UT   22 48 19.6   -10 22 52     2.721    3.368  121.7   14.9   249   12.3 
2024-07-04 00:00 UT   22 48 21.5   -10 24 57     2.709    3.368  122.6   14.7   249   12.3 
2024-07-05 00:00 UT   22 48 22.3   -10 27 10     2.696    3.367  123.6   14.6   249   12.3 
2024-07-06 00:00 UT   22 48 22.0   -10 29 30     2.684    3.366  124.6   14.4   250   12.3 
2024-07-07 00:00 UT   22 48 20.5   -10 31 58     2.672    3.366  125.5   14.2   250   12.2 
2024-07-08 00:00 UT   22 48 17.9   -10 34 33     2.660    3.365  126.5   14.1   250   12.2 
2024-07-09 00:00 UT   22 48 14.2   -10 37 16     2.648    3.364  127.5   13.9   250   12.2 
2024-07-10 00:00 UT   22 48 09.3   -10 40 06     2.636    3.364  128.5   13.7   250   12.2 
2024-07-11 00:00 UT   22 48 03.3   -10 43 03     2.624    3.363  129.5   13.5   250   12.2 
2024-07-12 00:00 UT   22 47 56.1   -10 46 08     2.613    3.363  130.5   13.3   250   12.2 
2024-07-13 00:00 UT   22 47 47.8   -10 49 20     2.602    3.362  131.5   13.1   250   12.1 
2024-07-14 00:00 UT   22 47 38.4   -10 52 39     2.590    3.361  132.5   12.9   250   12.1 
2024-07-15 00:00 UT   22 47 27.9   -10 56 05     2.579    3.361  133.5   12.7   251   12.1 
2024-07-16 00:00 UT   22 47 16.2   -10 59 39     2.569    3.360  134.5   12.5   251   12.1 
2024-07-17 00:00 UT   22 47 03.4   -11 03 19     2.558    3.359  135.5   12.2   251   12.1 
2024-07-18 00:00 UT   22 46 49.5   -11 07 06     2.548    3.359  136.5   12.0   251   12.0 
2024-07-19 00:00 UT   22 46 34.5   -11 11 00     2.537    3.358  137.6   11.8   251   12.0 
2024-07-20 00:00 UT   22 46 18.3   -11 15 01     2.527    3.358  138.6   11.5   251   12.0 
2024-07-21 00:00 UT   22 46 01.1   -11 19 09     2.518    3.357  139.6   11.3   252   12.0 
2024-07-22 00:00 UT   22 45 42.8   -11 23 22     2.508    3.356  140.7   11.1   252   12.0 
2024-07-23 00:00 UT   22 45 23.3   -11 27 43     2.498    3.356  141.7   10.8   252   12.0 


    Terminology:
            
    delta:  distance between minor planet and earth in AU
    radius: distance between minor planet and sun in AU
    magn:   magnitude (brightness) estimate    
    ra:     right ascension in hours (24h = 360deg)
    dec:    declination in degrees
    elong:  elongation in degrees (angle sun-earth-minor planet)    
    phase:  phase angle in degrees (angle sun-minor planet-earth)        
    AU:     Astronomical Unit (mean distance between earth and sun: 149597870.7 km
    

Orbital elements provided by the MPC (Minor Planet Center).
Calculations by a modified version of AAPlus, a C# implementation of the AA+ project by PJ Naughter from the algorithms presented in the book "Astronomical Algorithms" by Jean Meeus.
NGC2000 dso catalog and star labels from VizieR as provided by the Strasbourg astronomical Data Center.
Tycho2 catalog from the ESO archive.