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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52

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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension is 16h 17m 00s and the Declination is -20° 54’ 57”.

16h 17m 00s
-20° 54’ 57”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Scorpius on December, 14 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 Distance

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 from Earth is currently 290,983,639 kilometers, equivalent to 1.945105 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 10.6169 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 10.6169 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

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 to Earth happens on Mon May 22 2028 at a distance of 0.01211435 Astronomical Units, or 1,812,281 kilometers:

Mon May 22 2028

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 30.67.


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: 110.8°
Max altitude: 17.7°
Azimuth: 249.1°
Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15522878
Orbit inclination i 4.24325117°
Perihelion distance q 0.87316226 AU
130,623,215 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19405366 AU
178,627,885 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03360796 AU
154,625,550 km
Orbital period period 1.0500 years
383.8241 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Feb-22 01:58:36
2,458,536.5824 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-11 21:45
2,458,920.4064 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 269.95510096859°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.014135785753°
Mean anomaly M 59.950244334108°
Mean motion n 0.93792974°/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
2019 Dec 07 15h 45m 05s -19° 07’ 27” 30.72 Libra
2019 Dec 08 15h 49m 03s -19° 22’ 05” 30.72 Libra
2019 Dec 09 15h 53m 00s -19° 36’ 24” 30.71 Libra
2019 Dec 10 15h 57m 02s -19° 50’ 27” 30.70 Libra
2019 Dec 11 16h 01m 02s -20° 04’ 13” 30.70 Libra
2019 Dec 12 16h 05m 06s -20° 17’ 39” 30.69 Scorpius
2019 Dec 13 16h 09m 11s -20° 30’ 47” 30.69 Scorpius
2019 Dec 14 16h 13m 15s -20° 43’ 36” 30.68 Scorpius
2019 Dec 15 16h 17m 22s -20° 56’ 04” 30.67 Scorpius
2019 Dec 16 16h 21m 32s -21° 08’ 12” 30.67 Scorpius
2019 Dec 17 16h 25m 41s -21° 20’ 00” 30.66 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 18 16h 29m 53s -21° 31’ 27” 30.65 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 19 16h 34m 05s -21° 42’ 33” 30.65 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 20 16h 38m 20s -21° 53’ 16” 30.64 Ophiucus