(136472) Makemake
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase
Opposition29 Mar 202417.152.681 AU51.798 AU13h20m+21°55'152.0°0.5°
Today16 Apr 202417.152.682 AU51.832 AU13h19m+22°01'147.6°0.6°
(136472) Makemake - 2024-04-16
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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 Makemake are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.1647554
            a (Semimajor axis)              : 45.3314841
            i (Inclination)                 : 29.03061
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 79.28043
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 296.48459
            M (Mean anomaly)                : 168.08912
            Epoch                           : 2024 Mar 31

            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 18.95666
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -25.74388
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 305.21            
        

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
2024-04-16 00:00 UT   13 19 33.8   +22 01 22    51.832   52.682  147.6    0.6   172   17.1 
2024-04-16 18:23 UT   13 19 30.7   +22 01 34    51.836   52.682  147.2    0.6   171   17.1 
2024-04-17 00:00 UT   13 19 29.7   +22 01 37    51.837   52.682  147.1    0.6   170   17.1 
2024-04-18 00:00 UT   13 19 25.7   +22 01 51    51.841   52.682  146.6    0.6   169   17.1 
2024-04-19 00:00 UT   13 19 21.7   +22 02 04    51.846   52.682  146.1    0.6   167   17.1 
2024-04-20 00:00 UT   13 19 17.7   +22 02 17    51.851   52.683  145.5    0.6   166   17.1 
2024-04-21 00:00 UT   13 19 13.7   +22 02 28    51.857   52.683  145.0    0.6   164   17.1 
2024-04-22 00:00 UT   13 19 09.8   +22 02 40    51.862   52.683  144.4    0.6   163   17.1 
2024-04-23 00:00 UT   13 19 05.8   +22 02 50    51.868   52.683  143.8    0.6   162   17.1 
2024-04-24 00:00 UT   13 19 01.9   +22 03 00    51.874   52.683  143.2    0.7   160   17.1 
2024-04-25 00:00 UT   13 18 57.9   +22 03 10    51.881   52.683  142.6    0.7   159   17.1 
2024-04-26 00:00 UT   13 18 54.0   +22 03 18    51.887   52.683  141.9    0.7   158   17.1 
2024-04-27 00:00 UT   13 18 50.2   +22 03 26    51.894   52.683  141.3    0.7   157   17.1 
2024-04-28 00:00 UT   13 18 46.3   +22 03 34    51.901   52.683  140.6    0.7   155   17.1 
2024-04-29 00:00 UT   13 18 42.5   +22 03 40    51.908   52.683  140.0    0.7   154   17.1 
2024-04-30 00:00 UT   13 18 38.7   +22 03 46    51.916   52.683  139.3    0.7   153   17.1 
2024-05-01 00:00 UT   13 18 34.9   +22 03 51    51.923   52.683  138.6    0.7   152   17.1 
2024-05-02 00:00 UT   13 18 31.1   +22 03 56    51.931   52.683  137.9    0.7   151   17.1 
2024-05-03 00:00 UT   13 18 27.4   +22 03 60    51.939   52.683  137.2    0.7   150   17.1 
2024-05-04 00:00 UT   13 18 23.7   +22 04 03    51.948   52.683  136.5    0.8   149   17.1 
2024-05-05 00:00 UT   13 18 20.0   +22 04 06    51.956   52.684  135.8    0.8   148   17.1 
2024-05-06 00:00 UT   13 18 16.3   +22 04 08    51.965   52.684  135.0    0.8   147   17.1 
2024-05-07 00:00 UT   13 18 12.7   +22 04 09    51.974   52.684  134.3    0.8   146   17.1 
2024-05-08 00:00 UT   13 18 09.2   +22 04 09    51.983   52.684  133.5    0.8   145   17.1 
2024-05-09 00:00 UT   13 18 05.6   +22 04 09    51.993   52.684  132.8    0.8   144   17.1 
2024-05-10 00:00 UT   13 18 02.1   +22 04 08    52.002   52.684  132.0    0.8   144   17.1 
2024-05-11 00:00 UT   13 17 58.7   +22 04 06    52.012   52.684  131.3    0.8   143   17.1 
2024-05-12 00:00 UT   13 17 55.2   +22 04 04    52.022   52.684  130.5    0.8   142   17.1 
2024-05-13 00:00 UT   13 17 51.8   +22 04 01    52.032   52.684  129.7    0.8   141   17.1 
2024-05-14 00:00 UT   13 17 48.5   +22 03 57    52.043   52.684  129.0    0.9   140   17.1 
2024-05-15 00:00 UT   13 17 45.2   +22 03 53    52.053   52.684  128.2    0.9   140   17.1 
2024-05-16 00:00 UT   13 17 41.9   +22 03 48    52.064   52.684  127.4    0.9   139   17.1 


    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.