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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 Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 16h 37m 41s and the Declination is -21° 16’ 24” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 28.69 (JPL).

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16h 37m 41s
-21° 16’ 24”

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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 Ophiucus on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 in Ophiucus on October, 19 2020
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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 from Earth is currently 192,390,601 kilometers, equivalent to 1.286052 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 41.7460 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 41.7460 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 Sat Sep 29 2029 at a distance of 0.011420 Astronomical Units, or 1,708,479 kilometers:

Sat Sep 29 2029

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 HE2 is 28.69.


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: 111.2°
Max altitude: 17.3°
Azimuth: 248.7°

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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15667380
Orbit inclination i 1.18151026°
Perihelion distance q 0.89776675 AU
134,303,994 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.23134235 AU
184,206,195 km
Semi-major axis a 1.06455455 AU
159,255,094 km
Orbital period period 1.1000 years
401.1902 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-11 15:21:29
2,459,134.1399 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Nov-16 19:55
2,459,535.3301 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 90.801350723057°
Longitude of the ascending node node 200.31001571962°
Mean anomaly M 240.08088976091°
Mean motion n 0.89733001°/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
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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
2020 Oct 12 16h 00m 21s -19° 46’ 14” 28.70 Libra
2020 Oct 13 16h 05m 00s -19° 59’ 11” 28.70 Scorpius
2020 Oct 14 16h 09m 41s -20° 11’ 40” 28.70 Scorpius
2020 Oct 15 16h 14m 22s -20° 23’ 44” 28.70 Scorpius
2020 Oct 16 16h 19m 05s -20° 35’ 22” 28.70 Scorpius
2020 Oct 17 16h 23m 49s -20° 46’ 32” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 18 16h 28m 35s -20° 57’ 14” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 19 16h 33m 20s -21° 07’ 27” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 20 16h 38m 08s -21° 17’ 12” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 21 16h 42m 56s -21° 26’ 26” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 22 16h 47m 45s -21° 35’ 11” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 23 16h 52m 36s -21° 43’ 26” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 24 16h 57m 28s -21° 51’ 08” 28.69 Ophiucus
2020 Oct 25 17h 02m 21s -21° 58’ 21” 28.69 Ophiucus