(18) Melpomene
ephemeris date magn radius delta ra dec elong phase
Today22 Apr 202411.22.170 AU2.617 AU05h39m+17°32'53.2°21.8°
Opposition24 Mar 202510.12.773 AU1.784 AU12h28m+06°27'171.2°3.2°
(18) Melpomene - 2024-04-22

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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 Melpomene are:

            e (Eccentricity)                : 0.2183410
            a (Semimajor axis)              : 2.2953421
            i (Inclination)                 : 10.13150
            Ω (Longitude of ascending node) : 150.33826
            ω (Argument of perihelion)      : 228.08852
            M (Mean anomaly)                : 57.13252
            Epoch                           : 2024 Mar 31

            L (Longitude of perihelion)     : 197.97880
            B (Latitude of perihelion)      : -7.52200
            P (Orbital period in years)     : 3.48            

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.