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Finder chart for asteroid (16) Psyche.

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This chart shows the movement of Asteroid (16) Psyche from the 9th March to the 1st June, 2013
The asteroid is at Opposition in the constellation Libra on the 9th May, 2013.

Magnitude: 10.4
Distance to Earth: 2.238 AU
Distance to Sun: 3.246 AU



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Asteroid (16) Psyche is at Opposition on the 2nd March, 2012.

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This chart shows the movement of Asteroid (16) Psyche from the 25th February to the 8th March, 2012  

Magnitude: 10.3
Distance to Earth: 2.239 AU
Distance to Sun:3.230 AU

The asteroid has an apparent magnitude of between 9.22 and 12.19

16 Psyche is one of the ten most massive main-belt asteroids.
It is over 200 kilometres in diameter and contains a little less than 1% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt.
It is the most massive of the metallic M-type asteroids.
Radar observations indicate a fairly pure iron-nickel composition.
Asteroid 16 Psyche might be the common parent for the enstatite chondrites.
Psyche was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on March 17, 1852. In Greek mythology, Psyche was the deification of the human soul. She was portrayed in ancient mosaics as a goddess with butterfly wings (because psyche is also the Greek word for 'butterfly'). The Greek word psyche literally means "spirit, breath, life or animating force".



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Asteroid 16 Psyche is at Opposition (9.4 Magnitude) on the 9th December, 2010.

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Ephemeris
Date    TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta      r     Elong.  Phase     V

2010 12 02 05 10.77 +18 12.7 1.693 2.670 170.1 3.7 9.5
2010 12 07 05 06.13 +18 07.7 1.693 2.676 174.6 2.0 9.4
2010 12 12 05 01.45 +18 03.5 1.700 2.682 174.1 2.2 9.4
2010 12 17 04 56.90 +18 00.2 1.715 2.688 169.2 3.9 9.6
2010 12 22 04 52.62 +17 58.0 1.736 2.694 163.5 6.0 9.7
2010 12 27 04 48.71 +17 57.1 1.765 2.700 157.6 8.0 9.8


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Asteroid 16 Psyche is at opposition (9.3 Magnitude) on the 5th August, 2009.
Date__(UT)__HR:MN     R.A._(J2000.0)_DEC         mag 

2009-Aug-04 00:00 21 04 11.62 -15 13 08.8 9.35
2009-Aug-05 00:00 21 03 23.05 -15 17 47.0 9.31
2009-Aug-06 00:00 21 02 34.33 -15 22 25.9 9.29
2009-Aug-07 00:00 21 01 45.52 -15 27 05.4 9.31
2009-Aug-08 00:00 21 00 56.69 -15 31 45.1 9.34
2009-Aug-09 00:00 21 00 07.88 -15 36 24.8 9.37
2009-Aug-10 00:00 20 59 19.16 -15 41 04.1 9.40


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