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Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB

Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB is 20h 16m 48s and the Declination is -36° 53’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB is 31.74 (JPL).

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20h 16m 48s
-36° 53’ 45”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB in Sagittarius on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB in Sagittarius on January, 21 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB from Earth is currently 11,967,444 kilometers, equivalent to 0.079997 Astronomical Units. Light takes 39.9191 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB and arrive to us.

39.9191 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB to Earth happens on Wed Feb 10 2021 at a distance of 0.033591 Astronomical Units, or 5,025,170 kilometers:

Wed Feb 10 2021

Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB is 31.74.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB, 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) 2008 DB between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 126.9°
Max altitude: 1.6°
Azimuth: 233.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23315596
Orbit inclination i 4.22439398°
Perihelion distance q 0.80894723 AU
121,016,784 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.30086177 AU
194,606,152 km
Semi-major axis a 1.05490450 AU
157,811,468 km
Orbital period period 1.0800 years
395.7475 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-05 11:10:26
2,459,188.9656 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-05 05:06
2,459,584.7131 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 274.95758069742°
Longitude of the ascending node node 141.49971833598°
Mean anomaly M 188.55832276133°
Mean motion n 0.90967101°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 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) 2008 DB
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Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2008 DB in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 14 20h 46m 36s -35° 31’ 17” 31.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 15 20h 43m 41s -35° 43’ 45” 31.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 16 20h 40m 27s -35° 56’ 03” 31.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 17 20h 36m 50s -36° 08’ 03” 32.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 18 20h 32m 50s -36° 19’ 41” 32.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 19 20h 28m 26s -36° 30’ 43” 32.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 20 20h 23m 35s -36° 41’ 03” 32.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 21 20h 18m 12s -36° 50’ 24” 32.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 22 20h 12m 19s -36° 58’ 31” 31.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 23 20h 05m 49s -37° 05’ 02” 31.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 24 19h 58m 41s -37° 09’ 33” 31.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 25 19h 50m 52s -37° 11’ 35” 30.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 26 19h 42m 15s -37° 10’ 29” 30.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 27 19h 32m 48s -37° 05’ 30” 29.00 Sagittarius