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Asteroid 2002 AJ129

Altitude: -35.6°   Azimuth: 341.3°   Direction: North-North-West

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 is 13h 08m 28s and the Declination is +01° 24’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 is 23.93 (JPL).

13h 08m 28s
+01° 24’ 46”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 88.5°
Max altitude: 40.0°
Azimuth: 271.4°
  • 2002 AJ129 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2002 AJ129 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid 2002 AJ129 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2002 AJ129 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.

Finder chart of 2002 AJ129 in Virgo on November,29 2023
Map showing Asteroid 2002 AJ129 in Virgo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2002 AJ129
Map showing Asteroid 2002 AJ129 in Virgo on November, 29 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 2002 AJ129 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2002 AJ129
RA: 13h 08m 28s
Dec: +01° 24’ 46”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2002 AJ129
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2002 AJ129?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2002 AJ129 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 from Earth is currently 426,821,011 kilometers, equivalent to 2.853122 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23 minutes and 43.7216 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2002 AJ129 and arrive to us.

23 minutes and 43.7216 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 2002 AJ129 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Earth happens on Thu Feb 6 2087 at a distance of 0.025449 Astronomical Units, or 3,807,094 kilometers:

Thu Feb 6 2087

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

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2002 AJ129, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 as a function of time

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.91501636
Orbit inclination i 15.45340098°
Perihelion distance q 0.11646165 AU
17,422,414 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.62433982 AU
392,595,650 km
Semi-major axis a 1.37040073 AU
205,009,032 km
Orbital period period 1.6043 years
585.9625 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Oct-22 21:26:30
2,459,875.3934 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-30 20:32
2,460,461.3559 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 211.01655369397°
Longitude of the ascending node node 138.03525188093°
Mean anomaly M 76.862214098012°
Mean motion n 0.61437382°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 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 2002 AJ129
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Asteroid 2002 AJ129 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2002 AJ129 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2002 AJ129 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 22 12h 58m 59s +02° 02’ 12” 24.00 Virgo
2023 Nov 23 13h 00m 11s +01° 57’ 11” 23.99 Virgo
2023 Nov 24 13h 01m 24s +01° 52’ 14” 23.98 Virgo
2023 Nov 25 13h 02m 38s +01° 47’ 21” 23.98 Virgo
2023 Nov 26 13h 03m 51s +01° 42’ 33” 23.97 Virgo
2023 Nov 27 13h 05m 03s +01° 37’ 47” 23.96 Virgo
2023 Nov 28 13h 06m 16s +01° 33’ 07” 23.95 Virgo
2023 Nov 29 13h 07m 28s +01° 28’ 31” 23.94 Virgo
2023 Nov 30 13h 08m 41s +01° 23’ 58” 23.93 Virgo
2023 Dec 01 13h 09m 53s +01° 19’ 31” 23.92 Virgo
2023 Dec 02 13h 11m 07s +01° 15’ 07” 23.91 Virgo
2023 Dec 03 13h 12m 19s +01° 10’ 49” 23.90 Virgo
2023 Dec 04 13h 13m 32s +01° 06’ 34” 23.89 Virgo
2023 Dec 05 13h 14m 44s +01° 02’ 26” 23.88 Virgo