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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 is 21h 59m 36s and the Declination is -16° 30’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 is 26.10 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 [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]:

21h 59m 36s
-16° 30’ 31”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 in Capricornus on May, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 in Capricornus on May, 08 2021
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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 from Earth is currently 122,561,776 kilometers, equivalent to 0.819275 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 minutes and 48.8221 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 and arrive to us.

6 minutes and 48.8221 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 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 UX68 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 to Earth happens on Sun May 15 2022 at a distance of 0.007043 Astronomical Units, or 1,053,657 kilometers:

Sun May 15 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 is 26.10.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68, 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 UX68 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.6°
Max altitude: 22.0°
Azimuth: 253.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.28069480
Orbit inclination i 4.21907544°
Perihelion distance q 0.78479840 AU
117,404,170 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.39730288 AU
209,033,536 km
Semi-major axis a 1.09105064 AU
163,218,853 km
Orbital period period 1.1400 years
416.2611 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Nov-27 01:45:08
2,458,814.5730 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jan-16 08:01
2,459,230.8341 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 93.284892331108°
Longitude of the ascending node node 50.45571533772°
Mean anomaly M 160.79744413213°
Mean motion n 0.86484187°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68
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Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2012 UX68 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 UX68 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 01 21h 42m 19s -17° 19’ 00” 26.13 Capricornus
2021 May 02 21h 44m 36s -17° 12’ 36” 26.13 Capricornus
2021 May 03 21h 46m 54s -17° 06’ 14” 26.13 Capricornus
2021 May 04 21h 49m 10s -16° 59’ 53” 26.12 Capricornus
2021 May 05 21h 51m 25s -16° 53’ 32” 26.12 Capricornus
2021 May 06 21h 53m 39s -16° 47’ 16” 26.12 Capricornus
2021 May 07 21h 55m 51s -16° 41’ 00” 26.11 Capricornus
2021 May 08 21h 58m 04s -16° 34’ 49” 26.11 Capricornus
2021 May 09 22h 00m 14s -16° 28’ 40” 26.10 Aquarius
2021 May 10 22h 02m 22s -16° 22’ 32” 26.10 Aquarius
2021 May 11 22h 04m 29s -16° 16’ 31” 26.09 Aquarius
2021 May 12 22h 06m 37s -16° 10’ 32” 26.09 Aquarius
2021 May 13 22h 08m 41s -16° 04’ 37” 26.08 Aquarius
2021 May 14 22h 10m 45s -15° 58’ 48” 26.07 Aquarius