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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:36  ☀️ Transit: 13:02  🌅 Sunset: 19:29

Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2

Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 is 02h 37m 21s and the Declination is +17° 29’ 30” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 is 27.56 (JPL).

02h 37m 21s
+17° 29’ 30”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 72.5°
Max altitude: 56.1°
Azimuth: 287.8°
  • 2004 DF2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 11° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2004 DF2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 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 (NEO) 2004 DF2 in Aries on April, 01 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 in Aries on April, 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]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 from Earth is currently 183,024,870 kilometers, equivalent to 1.223446 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 10.5053 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 10.5053 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 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 (NEO) 2004 DF2 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.

Closest Approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 to Earth happens on Wed Aug 13 2031 at a distance of 0.008260 Astronomical Units, or 1,235,655 kilometers:

Wed Aug 13 2031

Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 is 27.56.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2, 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 (NEO) 2004 DF2 as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 at epoch 19 February 2004 00:00 UTC (JD: 2453055.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.65300885
Orbit inclination i 5.23256691°
Perihelion distance q 0.57536023 AU
86,072,665 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.74092163 AU
410,036,041 km
Semi-major axis a 1.65814093 AU
248,054,353 km
Orbital period period 2.1352 years
779.8850 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2003-Dec-30 14:22:22
2,453,004.0989 JD
Next perihelion transit 2006-Feb-17 11:36
2,453,783.9839 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 89.515974333337°
Longitude of the ascending node node 325.2273692164°
Mean anomaly M 23.727097587198°
Mean motion n 0.46160650°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 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 (NEO) 2004 DF2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2004 DF2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 25 01h 48m 51s +13° 34’ 27” 27.33 Aries
2023 Mar 26 01h 55m 18s +14° 08’ 58” 27.36 Aries
2023 Mar 27 02h 01m 50s +14° 42’ 48” 27.39 Aries
2023 Mar 28 02h 08m 25s +15° 15’ 55” 27.42 Aries
2023 Mar 29 02h 15m 02s +15° 48’ 15” 27.46 Aries
2023 Mar 30 02h 21m 42s +16° 19’ 45” 27.49 Aries
2023 Mar 31 02h 28m 23s +16° 50’ 26” 27.52 Aries
2023 Apr 01 02h 35m 09s +17° 20’ 12” 27.55 Aries
2023 Apr 02 02h 41m 57s +17° 49’ 01” 27.58 Aries
2023 Apr 03 02h 48m 47s +18° 16’ 53” 27.61 Aries
2023 Apr 04 02h 55m 40s +18° 43’ 45” 27.64 Aries
2023 Apr 05 03h 02m 34s +19° 09’ 33” 27.68 Aries
2023 Apr 06 03h 09m 29s +19° 34’ 18” 27.71 Aries
2023 Apr 07 03h 16m 27s +19° 57’ 56” 27.74 Aries