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Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 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 SB Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 17h 44m 37s and the Declination is -13° 16’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 29.20 (JPL).

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

17h 44m 37s
-13° 16’ 35”
  • 2006 SB is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 11° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2006 SB is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2006 SB rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 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 SB in Serpens on January, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB in Serpens on January, 26 2021
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 SB?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB from Earth is currently 292,546,979 kilometers, equivalent to 1.955556 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 15.8317 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 15.8317 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 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 SB 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 SB to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB to Earth happens on Sun Sep 19 2027 at a distance of 0.010213 Astronomical Units, or 1,527,813 kilometers:

Sun Sep 19 2027

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 29.20.


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

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

Azimuth: 103.3°
Max altitude: 25.2°
Azimuth: 256.7°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19804043
Orbit inclination i 16.14462882°
Perihelion distance q 0.92319496 AU
138,108,001 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.37915293 AU
206,318,343 km
Semi-major axis a 1.15117395 AU
172,213,172 km
Orbital period period 1.2400 years
451.1385 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jun-14 19:56:10
2,459,015.3307 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Sep-08 23:15
2,459,466.4691 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 243.4830040296°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.1200392055°
Mean anomaly M 348.16540271537°
Mean motion n 0.79798117°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB Orbit

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 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 SB in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 19 17h 21m 51s -13° 35’ 29” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 20 17h 24m 52s -13° 33’ 37” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 21 17h 27m 53s -13° 31’ 33” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 22 17h 30m 56s -13° 29’ 17” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 23 17h 33m 56s -13° 26’ 49” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 24 17h 36m 59s -13° 24’ 10” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 25 17h 40m 00s -13° 21’ 18” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 26 17h 43m 00s -13° 18’ 14” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 27 17h 46m 01s -13° 14’ 57” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 28 17h 49m 04s -13° 11’ 29” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 29 17h 52m 05s -13° 07’ 49” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 30 17h 55m 05s -13° 03’ 56” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Jan 31 17h 58m 06s -12° 59’ 52” 29.20 Serpens
2021 Feb 01 18h 01m 08s -12° 55’ 36” 29.20 Serpens