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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is a Near Earth Object. If you've heard news about a potential impact of this asteroid with the Earth, please check out Will Asteroid Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 21h 38m 03s and the Declination is -13° 41’ 26” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 28.51 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 [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]:

21h 38m 03s
-13° 41’ 26”
  • 2006 HE2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 9° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2006 HE2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2006 HE2 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 available on TheSkyLive:

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Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 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) 2006 HE2 in Capricornus on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 in Capricornus on January, 29 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) 2006 HE2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 from Earth is currently 278,995,564 kilometers, equivalent to 1.864970 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15 minutes and 30.6290 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 and arrive to us.

15 minutes and 30.6290 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 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 (NEO) 2006 HE2 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.

Closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 to Earth happens on Sun Sep 30 2029 at a distance of 0.010580 Astronomical Units, or 1,582,789 kilometers:

Sun Sep 30 2029

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 28.51.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2, 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 (NEO) 2006 HE2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 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 (NEO) 2006 HE2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.7°
Max altitude: 24.9°
Azimuth: 256.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 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 (NEO) 2006 HE2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 at epoch 08 August 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459800.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15661888
Orbit inclination i 1.18167974°
Perihelion distance q 0.89779912 AU
134,308,837 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.23124811 AU
184,192,096 km
Semi-major axis a 1.06452361 AU
159,250,466 km
Orbital period period 1.0984 years
401.1727 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Dec-22 23:09:19
2,459,936.4648 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Jan-28 03:18
2,460,337.6375 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 90.811232328577°
Longitude of the ascending node node 200.29324146323°
Mean anomaly M 237.98938126633°
Mean motion n 0.89736913°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 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) 2006 HE2
View Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 22 21h 05m 57s -16° 07’ 54” 28.46 Capricornus
2023 Jan 23 21h 10m 22s -15° 48’ 59” 28.46 Capricornus
2023 Jan 24 21h 14m 45s -15° 29’ 45” 28.47 Capricornus
2023 Jan 25 21h 19m 08s -15° 10’ 14” 28.48 Capricornus
2023 Jan 26 21h 23m 29s -14° 50’ 26” 28.49 Capricornus
2023 Jan 27 21h 27m 48s -14° 30’ 21” 28.49 Capricornus
2023 Jan 28 21h 32m 07s -14° 10’ 01” 28.50 Capricornus
2023 Jan 29 21h 36m 24s -13° 49’ 27” 28.51 Capricornus
2023 Jan 30 21h 40m 40s -13° 28’ 37” 28.52 Capricornus
2023 Jan 31 21h 44m 54s -13° 07’ 35” 28.53 Capricornus
2023 Feb 01 21h 49m 09s -12° 46’ 19” 28.53 Capricornus
2023 Feb 02 21h 53m 21s -12° 24’ 51” 28.54 Capricornus
2023 Feb 03 21h 57m 32s -12° 03’ 11” 28.55 Capricornus
2023 Feb 04 22h 01m 41s -11° 41’ 20” 28.56 Aquarius