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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 1979 XB

Asteroid 1979 XB is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 1979 XB is 01h 16m 11s and the Declination is -04° 20’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 1979 XB is 21.86 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 1979 XB [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

01h 16m 11s
-04° 20’ 44”

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Asteroid 1979 XB Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 1979 XB finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid 1979 XB in Cetus on February, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 1979 XB in Cetus on February, 01 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 1979 XB is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

1979 XB
RA: 01h 16m 11s
Dec: -04° 20’ 44”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 1979 XB
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 1979 XB?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 1979 XB in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 1979 XB Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 1979 XB from Earth is currently 232,013,503 kilometers, equivalent to 1.550914 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 53.9137 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1979 XB and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 53.9137 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 1979 XB from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Asteroid 1979 XB from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 1979 XB from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 1979 XB to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 1979 XB to Earth happens on Wed Dec 10 2092 at a distance of 0.062426 Astronomical Units, or 9,338,740 kilometers:

Wed Dec 10 2092

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 1979 XB brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 1979 XB is 21.86.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 1979 XB, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Asteroid 1979 XB between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 1979 XB rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid 1979 XB rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 94.5°
Max altitude: 34.1°
Azimuth: 265.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 1979 XB touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 1979 XB Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 1979 XB at epoch 13 December 1979 00:00 UTC (JD: 2444221.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.70844951
Orbit inclination i 24.73412122°
Perihelion distance q 0.64959947 AU
97,178,698 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.80657184 AU
569,455,043 km
Semi-major axis a 2.22808566 AU
333,316,871 km
Orbital period period 3.3259 years
1,214.7761 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1980-Jan-29 04:00:26
2,444,267.6670 JD
Next perihelion transit 1983-May-27 22:38
2,445,482.4431 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 75.579898280515°
Longitude of the ascending node node 86.055503094738°
Mean anomaly M 346.31837437011°
Mean motion n 0.29635090°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 1979 XB Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 1979 XB with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 1979 XB and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid 1979 XB
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Asteroid 1979 XB 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 1979 XB computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 1979 XB in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 25 01h 08m 33s -07° 19’ 49” 21.97 Cetus
2023 Jan 26 01h 09m 24s -06° 57’ 43” 21.95 Cetus
2023 Jan 27 01h 10m 18s -06° 35’ 31” 21.94 Cetus
2023 Jan 28 01h 11m 13s -06° 13’ 10” 21.93 Cetus
2023 Jan 29 01h 12m 11s -05° 50’ 41” 21.92 Cetus
2023 Jan 30 01h 13m 09s -05° 28’ 05” 21.90 Cetus
2023 Jan 31 01h 14m 09s -05° 05’ 18” 21.89 Cetus
2023 Feb 01 01h 15m 11s -04° 42’ 24” 21.87 Cetus
2023 Feb 02 01h 16m 14s -04° 19’ 23” 21.86 Cetus
2023 Feb 03 01h 17m 18s -03° 56’ 11” 21.85 Cetus
2023 Feb 04 01h 18m 25s -03° 32’ 50” 21.83 Cetus
2023 Feb 05 01h 19m 33s -03° 09’ 21” 21.81 Cetus
2023 Feb 06 01h 20m 43s -02° 45’ 43” 21.80 Cetus
2023 Feb 07 01h 21m 54s -02° 21’ 56” 21.78 Cetus