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Asteroid 2012 TC4

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Asteroid 2012 TC4 Position

Asteroid 2012 TC4 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 05h 47m 08s and the Declination is +24° 42’ 05”.

05h 47m 08s
+24° 42’ 05”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 2012 TC4 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 2012 TC4 in Taurus on February, 19 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 2012 TC4 is right now (view fullscreen)

2012 TC4
RA: 05h 47m 08s
Dec: +24° 42’ 05”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2012 TC4
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2012 TC4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2012 TC4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2012 TC4 Distance

The distance of Asteroid 2012 TC4 from Earth is currently 75,423,406 kilometers, equivalent to 0.504174 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 11.5854 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2012 TC4 and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 11.5854 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2012 TC4 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 2012 TC4 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. The value of the distance of 2012 TC4 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 to Earth happens on Thu Oct 12 2017 at a distance of 0.00100919 Astronomical Units, or 150,973 kilometers:

Thu Oct 12 2017

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

Asteroid 2012 TC4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2012 TC4 is 27.44.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2012 TC4, 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 2012 TC4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 2012 TC4 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 2012 TC4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 65.3°
Max altitude: 63.2°
Azimuth: 294.7°
Asteroid 2012 TC4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 2012 TC4 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 2012 TC4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2012 TC4 at epoch 30 September 2017 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458027.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.33607838
Orbit inclination i 0.85717234°
Perihelion distance q 0.93353169 AU
139,654,353 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.87864270 AU
281,040,948 km
Semi-major axis a 1.40608719 AU
210,347,650 km
Orbital period period 1.6700 years
608.9993 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2017-Nov-16 00:45:42
2,458,073.5317 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Jul-18 00:44
2,458,682.5311 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 222.58388030278°
Longitude of the ascending node node 198.23273433597°
Mean anomaly M 332.78908664834°
Mean motion n 0.59113367°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2012 TC4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2012 TC4 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 2012 TC4
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Asteroid 2012 TC4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2012 TC4 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2012 TC4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Feb 12 05h 17m 43s +24° 34’ 23” 27.09 Taurus
2020 Feb 13 05h 21m 50s +24° 36’ 42” 27.13 Taurus
2020 Feb 14 05h 25m 53s +24° 38’ 35” 27.18 Taurus
2020 Feb 15 05h 29m 50s +24° 40’ 04” 27.23 Taurus
2020 Feb 16 05h 33m 44s +24° 41’ 08” 27.27 Taurus
2020 Feb 17 05h 37m 35s +24° 41’ 51” 27.32 Taurus
2020 Feb 18 05h 41m 21s +24° 42’ 11” 27.36 Taurus
2020 Feb 19 05h 45m 02s +24° 42’ 14” 27.41 Taurus
2020 Feb 20 05h 48m 41s +24° 41’ 56” 27.46 Taurus
2020 Feb 21 05h 52m 17s +24° 41’ 20” 27.50 Taurus
2020 Feb 22 05h 55m 47s +24° 40’ 27” 27.55 Taurus
2020 Feb 23 05h 59m 17s +24° 39’ 18” 27.59 Taurus
2020 Feb 24 06h 02m 41s +24° 37’ 54” 27.64 Gemini
2020 Feb 25 06h 06m 05s +24° 36’ 15” 27.68 Gemini