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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:01  ☀️ Transit: 12:06  🌅 Sunset: 18:11

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52

Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 21h 25m 21s and the Declination is -16° 44’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 30.61 (JPL).

21h 25m 21s
-16° 44’ 12”

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

Azimuth: 106.7°
Max altitude: 21.8°
Azimuth: 253.4°
  • 2009 WR52 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 2° 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.

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Capricornus on March, 21 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 in Capricornus on March, 21 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) 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 209,557,313 kilometers, equivalent to 1.400804 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 39.0080 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 39.0080 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

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2009 WR52 is 30.61.


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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.15502868
Orbit inclination i 4.23669129°
Perihelion distance q 0.87332185 AU
130,647,089 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19378227 AU
178,587,287 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03355206 AU
154,617,188 km
Orbital period period 1.0508 years
383.7929 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Apr-17 22:20:24
2,459,687.4308 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-May-06 17:22
2,460,071.2238 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 269.97353063841°
Longitude of the ascending node node 61.006001844405°
Mean anomaly M 278.45836369255°
Mean motion n 0.93800583°/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
2023 Mar 14 20h 52m 09s -18° 48’ 01” 30.64 Capricornus
2023 Mar 15 20h 56m 47s -18° 32’ 13” 30.64 Capricornus
2023 Mar 16 21h 01m 23s -18° 15’ 59” 30.63 Capricornus
2023 Mar 17 21h 06m 00s -17° 59’ 17” 30.63 Capricornus
2023 Mar 18 21h 10m 36s -17° 42’ 09” 30.62 Capricornus
2023 Mar 19 21h 15m 11s -17° 24’ 34” 30.62 Capricornus
2023 Mar 20 21h 19m 45s -17° 06’ 35” 30.61 Capricornus
2023 Mar 21 21h 24m 20s -16° 48’ 12” 30.61 Capricornus
2023 Mar 22 21h 28m 54s -16° 29’ 23” 30.60 Capricornus
2023 Mar 23 21h 33m 27s -16° 10’ 12” 30.60 Capricornus
2023 Mar 24 21h 37m 59s -15° 50’ 36” 30.59 Capricornus
2023 Mar 25 21h 42m 32s -15° 30’ 38” 30.59 Capricornus
2023 Mar 26 21h 47m 03s -15° 10’ 18” 30.58 Capricornus
2023 Mar 27 21h 51m 33s -14° 49’ 36” 30.58 Capricornus