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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 is 12h 30m 40s and the Declination is -02° 18’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 is 27.28 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 [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 30m 40s
-02° 18’ 42”
  • 2012 PB20 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 17° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2012 PB20 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2012 PB20 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 in Virgo on October, 29 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 in Virgo on October, 29 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) 2012 PB20?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 from Earth is currently 258,003,964 kilometers, equivalent to 1.724650 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 20.6086 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 20.6086 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 to Earth happens on Sun Feb 9 2025 at a distance of 0.009597 Astronomical Units, or 1,435,710 kilometers:

Sun Feb 9 2025

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 is 27.28.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20, 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) 2012 PB20 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.3°
Max altitude: 36.2°
Azimuth: 267.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.09488546
Orbit inclination i 5.83904294°
Perihelion distance q 0.95409860 AU
142,731,119 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.15413975 AU
172,656,850 km
Semi-major axis a 1.05411918 AU
157,693,984 km
Orbital period period 1.0800 years
395.3056 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-28 23:54:12
2,459,182.4960 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 49.988229443556°
Longitude of the ascending node node 142.90443167333°
Mean anomaly M 194.25848438753°
Mean motion n 0.91068777°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 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) 2012 PB20
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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2012 PB20 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 22 12h 02m 16s +00° 17’ 13” 27.31 Virgo
2020 Oct 23 12h 06m 10s -00° 04’ 14” 27.30 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 12h 10m 05s -00° 25’ 42” 27.30 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 12h 13m 59s -00° 47’ 13” 27.29 Virgo
2020 Oct 26 12h 17m 53s -01° 08’ 44” 27.29 Virgo
2020 Oct 27 12h 21m 48s -01° 30’ 15” 27.29 Virgo
2020 Oct 28 12h 25m 45s -01° 51’ 46” 27.28 Virgo
2020 Oct 29 12h 29m 40s -02° 13’ 15” 27.28 Virgo
2020 Oct 30 12h 33m 37s -02° 34’ 45” 27.28 Virgo
2020 Oct 31 12h 37m 32s -02° 56’ 12” 27.27 Virgo
2020 Nov 01 12h 41m 30s -03° 17’ 38” 27.27 Virgo
2020 Nov 02 12h 45m 27s -03° 39’ 01” 27.27 Virgo
2020 Nov 03 12h 49m 24s -04° 00’ 20” 27.27 Virgo
2020 Nov 04 12h 53m 22s -04° 21’ 38” 27.26 Virgo