(56) Melete
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase
Opposition19 May 202411.02.182 AU1.180 AU15h56m-09°22'169.2°5.0°
Today21 May 202411.02.179 AU1.177 AU15h55m-09°12'169.0°5.1°
(56) Melete - 2024-05-21
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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 Melete are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.2372321
            a (Semimajor axis)              : 2.5974798
            i (Inclination)                 : 8.08144
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 192.94022
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 104.89758
            M (Mean anomaly)                : 310.75045
            Epoch                           : 2024 Mar 31

            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 117.98049
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : 7.80807
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 4.19            
        

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
2024-05-21 00:00 UT   15 55 26.5   -09 12 12     1.177    2.179  169.0    5.1   185   11.0 
2024-05-21 10:50 UT   15 55 03.4   -09 09 08     1.176    2.178  168.9    5.1   182   11.0 
2024-05-22 00:00 UT   15 54 35.3   -09 05 27     1.175    2.177  168.7    5.2   179   11.0 
2024-05-23 00:00 UT   15 53 43.9   -08 58 50     1.173    2.175  168.3    5.4   173   11.0 
2024-05-24 00:00 UT   15 52 52.6   -08 52 20     1.172    2.172  167.8    5.6   168   11.0 
2024-05-25 00:00 UT   15 52 01.3   -08 45 59     1.171    2.170  167.2    5.9   163   11.1 
2024-05-26 00:00 UT   15 51 10.1   -08 39 45     1.170    2.168  166.6    6.2   159   11.1 
2024-05-27 00:00 UT   15 50 19.1   -08 33 41     1.169    2.166  165.9    6.6   155   11.1 
2024-05-28 00:00 UT   15 49 28.4   -08 27 46     1.169    2.164  165.1    6.9   151   11.1 
2024-05-29 00:00 UT   15 48 38.1   -08 22 00     1.168    2.161  164.3    7.3   148   11.1 
2024-05-30 00:00 UT   15 47 48.2   -08 16 25     1.168    2.159  163.4    7.7   145   11.1 
2024-05-31 00:00 UT   15 46 58.8   -08 10 59     1.169    2.157  162.5    8.1   143   11.1 
2024-06-01 00:00 UT   15 46 10.0   -08 05 45     1.169    2.155  161.6    8.6   141   11.2 
2024-06-02 00:00 UT   15 45 21.9   -08 00 41     1.170    2.153  160.6    9.0   138   11.2 
2024-06-03 00:00 UT   15 44 34.5   -07 55 49     1.171    2.151  159.6    9.4   137   11.2 
2024-06-04 00:00 UT   15 43 47.9   -07 51 08     1.172    2.149  158.7    9.9   135   11.2 
2024-06-05 00:00 UT   15 43 02.2   -07 46 40     1.173    2.147  157.7   10.3   133   11.2 
2024-06-06 00:00 UT   15 42 17.5   -07 42 23     1.175    2.145  156.7   10.8   132   11.2 
2024-06-07 00:00 UT   15 41 33.8   -07 38 19     1.177    2.142  155.7   11.3   131   11.3 
2024-06-08 00:00 UT   15 40 51.2   -07 34 28     1.179    2.140  154.6   11.7   129   11.3 
2024-06-09 00:00 UT   15 40 09.9   -07 30 49     1.181    2.138  153.6   12.2   128   11.3 
2024-06-10 00:00 UT   15 39 29.7   -07 27 24     1.183    2.136  152.6   12.6   127   11.3 
2024-06-11 00:00 UT   15 38 50.8   -07 24 11     1.186    2.134  151.6   13.1   126   11.3 
2024-06-12 00:00 UT   15 38 13.3   -07 21 12     1.189    2.132  150.6   13.5   125   11.4 
2024-06-13 00:00 UT   15 37 37.2   -07 18 26     1.192    2.130  149.5   14.0   124   11.4 
2024-06-14 00:00 UT   15 37 02.6   -07 15 54     1.195    2.128  148.5   14.4   124   11.4 
2024-06-15 00:00 UT   15 36 29.4   -07 13 35     1.198    2.126  147.5   14.9   123   11.4 
2024-06-16 00:00 UT   15 35 57.8   -07 11 30     1.202    2.124  146.5   15.3   122   11.4 
2024-06-17 00:00 UT   15 35 27.7   -07 09 38     1.206    2.122  145.5   15.7   122   11.5 
2024-06-18 00:00 UT   15 34 59.3   -07 07 59     1.210    2.120  144.5   16.2   121   11.5 
2024-06-19 00:00 UT   15 34 32.6   -07 06 34     1.214    2.118  143.5   16.6   120   11.5 
2024-06-20 00:00 UT   15 34 07.5   -07 05 23     1.218    2.116  142.5   17.0   120   11.5 


    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.