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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 12h 55m 56s and the Declination is -03° 38’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 31.11 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 [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]:

12h 55m 56s
-03° 38’ 03”
  • 2009 WR52 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 35° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2009 WR52 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2009 WR52 rise and set times.
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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.

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Virgo on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Virgo on October, 27 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]

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 307,409,713 kilometers, equivalent to 2.054907 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 5.4084 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 and arrive to us.

17 minutes and 5.4084 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.

Distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 to Earth happens on Sun May 21 2028 at a distance of 0.012044 Astronomical Units, or 1,801,754 kilometers:

Sun May 21 2028

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 31.11.


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.

Predicted magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 93.6°
Max altitude: 34.9°
Azimuth: 266.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 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) 2009 WR52 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15523695
Orbit inclination i 4.24310699°
Perihelion distance q 0.87314022 AU
130,619,918 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19404353 AU
178,626,370 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03359188 AU
154,623,144 km
Orbital period period 1.0500 years
383.8151 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-11 21:23:50
2,458,920.3916 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Mar-30 16:57
2,459,304.2067 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 269.94508358394°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.011873236577°
Mean anomaly M 75.13784793466°
Mean motion n 0.93795163°/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
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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
2020 Oct 20 12h 32m 48s -01° 05’ 44” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 21 12h 35m 54s -01° 26’ 14” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 22 12h 39m 01s -01° 46’ 45” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 23 12h 42m 06s -02° 07’ 15” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 12h 45m 14s -02° 27’ 46” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 12h 48m 20s -02° 48’ 16” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 26 12h 51m 28s -03° 08’ 47” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 27 12h 54m 36s -03° 29’ 16” 31.11 Virgo
2020 Oct 28 12h 57m 43s -03° 49’ 45” 31.10 Virgo
2020 Oct 29 13h 00m 52s -04° 10’ 13” 31.10 Virgo
2020 Oct 30 13h 04m 01s -04° 30’ 39” 31.10 Virgo
2020 Oct 31 13h 07m 11s -04° 51’ 05” 31.10 Virgo
2020 Nov 01 13h 10m 22s -05° 11’ 29” 31.10 Virgo
2020 Nov 02 13h 13m 32s -05° 31’ 50” 31.10 Virgo