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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:59  ☀️ Transit: 12:05  🌅 Sunset: 18:13

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 08h 03m 24s and the Declination is +12° 42’ 30” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 25.50 (JPL).

08h 03m 24s
+12° 42’ 30”

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

Azimuth: 77.6°
Max altitude: 51.2°
Azimuth: 282.1°
  • 2006 SB is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the South-West direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2006 SB is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

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 Cancer on March, 22 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB in Cancer on March, 22 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 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 48,074,383 kilometers, equivalent to 0.321357 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 minutes and 40.3589 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB and arrive to us.

2 minutes and 40.3589 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB 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) 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 0.010187 Astronomical Units, or 1,524,006 kilometers:

Sun Sep 19 2027

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB is 25.50.


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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2006 SB at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19802604
Orbit inclination i 16.14574710°
Perihelion distance q 0.92328921 AU
138,122,100 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.37925242 AU
206,333,225 km
Semi-major axis a 1.15127081 AU
172,227,663 km
Orbital period period 1.2353 years
451.1954 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Sep-09 00:20:46
2,459,466.5144 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-04 05:02
2,459,917.7098 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 243.47944518686°
Longitude of the ascending node node 175.11519059552°
Mean anomaly M 106.9044754176°
Mean motion n 0.79788047°/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
2023 Mar 15 07h 35m 29s +06° 00’ 14” 25.17 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 16 07h 39m 06s +06° 57’ 52” 25.21 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 17 07h 42m 41s +07° 53’ 30” 25.25 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 18 07h 46m 14s +08° 47’ 07” 25.29 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 19 07h 49m 46s +09° 38’ 43” 25.33 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 20 07h 53m 17s +10° 28’ 21” 25.37 Canis Minoris
2023 Mar 21 07h 56m 45s +11° 16’ 00” 25.42 Cancer
2023 Mar 22 08h 00m 12s +12° 01’ 45” 25.46 Cancer
2023 Mar 23 08h 03m 38s +12° 45’ 37” 25.50 Cancer
2023 Mar 24 08h 07m 04s +13° 27’ 37” 25.55 Cancer
2023 Mar 25 08h 10m 26s +14° 07’ 49” 25.59 Cancer
2023 Mar 26 08h 13m 48s +14° 46’ 14” 25.64 Cancer
2023 Mar 27 08h 17m 08s +15° 22’ 58” 25.68 Cancer
2023 Mar 28 08h 20m 26s +15° 58’ 00” 25.73 Cancer