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Asteroid 1979 XB

Asteroid 1979 XB is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 1979 XB is 02h 12m 15s and the Declination is -10° 36’ 19” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 1979 XB is 24.59 (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]:

02h 12m 15s
-10° 36’ 19”
  • 1979 XB is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 23° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 1979 XB is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 1979 XB rise and set times.
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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 June, 27 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 1979 XB in Cetus on June, 27 2022
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: 02h 12m 15s
Dec: -10° 36’ 19”
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 493,340,525 kilometers, equivalent to 3.297778 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 25.6069 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1979 XB and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 25.6069 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 9,338,749 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 24.59.


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: 100.6°
Max altitude: 27.9°
Azimuth: 259.4°

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
2022 Jun 20 02h 04m 59s -10° 43’ 32” 24.66 Cetus
2022 Jun 21 02h 06m 01s -10° 42’ 11” 24.65 Cetus
2022 Jun 22 02h 07m 01s -10° 40’ 56” 24.64 Cetus
2022 Jun 23 02h 08m 02s -10° 39’ 48” 24.63 Cetus
2022 Jun 24 02h 09m 02s -10° 38’ 48” 24.62 Cetus
2022 Jun 25 02h 10m 02s -10° 37’ 54” 24.61 Cetus
2022 Jun 26 02h 11m 02s -10° 37’ 05” 24.60 Cetus
2022 Jun 27 02h 12m 01s -10° 36’ 25” 24.59 Cetus
2022 Jun 28 02h 13m 00s -10° 35’ 52” 24.57 Cetus
2022 Jun 29 02h 13m 59s -10° 35’ 26” 24.56 Cetus
2022 Jun 30 02h 14m 57s -10° 35’ 06” 24.55 Cetus
2022 Jul 01 02h 15m 55s -10° 34’ 54” 24.54 Cetus
2022 Jul 02 02h 16m 51s -10° 34’ 50” 24.53 Cetus
2022 Jul 03 02h 17m 48s -10° 34’ 53” 24.51 Cetus