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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:47  
clear_day Transit: 11:49  
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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52

Altitude: 12.1°   Azimuth: 242.9°   Direction: West-South-West

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 13h 34m 10s and the Declination is -06° 30’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 31.20 (JPL).

13h 34m 10s
-06° 30’ 56”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 96.4°
Max altitude: 32.1°
Azimuth: 263.5°
  • 2009 WR52 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 12° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2009 WR52 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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.

Finder chart of 2009 WR52 in Virgo on December,05 2023
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Virgo on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2009 WR52
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Virgo on December, 05 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 from Earth is currently 236,222,931 kilometers, equivalent to 1.579053 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 7.9549 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 7.9549 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 to Earth happens on Sat May 20 2028 at a distance of 0.005066 Astronomical Units, or 757,825 kilometers:

Sat May 20 2028

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52, 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) 2009 WR52 as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15498402
Orbit inclination i 4.23670673°
Perihelion distance q 0.87338792 AU
130,656,974 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19376333 AU
178,584,452 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03357562 AU
154,620,713 km
Orbital period period 1.0508 years
383.8060 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-May-06 17:38:53
2,460,071.2353 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-May-24 12:59
2,460,455.0414 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 269.97110901825°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.002991635792°
Mean anomaly M 293.6521021398°
Mean motion n 0.93797375°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52
View Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 28 13h 10m 41s -04° 09’ 36” 31.23 Virgo
2023 Nov 29 13h 13m 45s -04° 28’ 27” 31.23 Virgo
2023 Nov 30 13h 16m 51s -04° 47’ 18” 31.23 Virgo
2023 Dec 01 13h 19m 59s -05° 06’ 07” 31.22 Virgo
2023 Dec 02 13h 23m 05s -05° 24’ 55” 31.22 Virgo
2023 Dec 03 13h 26m 13s -05° 43’ 40” 31.22 Virgo
2023 Dec 04 13h 29m 21s -06° 02’ 21” 31.21 Virgo
2023 Dec 05 13h 32m 30s -06° 21’ 01” 31.21 Virgo
2023 Dec 06 13h 35m 39s -06° 39’ 37” 31.20 Virgo
2023 Dec 07 13h 38m 48s -06° 58’ 09” 31.20 Virgo
2023 Dec 08 13h 41m 59s -07° 16’ 38” 31.20 Virgo
2023 Dec 09 13h 45m 11s -07° 35’ 04” 31.19 Virgo
2023 Dec 10 13h 48m 21s -07° 53’ 27” 31.19 Virgo
2023 Dec 11 13h 51m 34s -08° 11’ 45” 31.18 Virgo