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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)

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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Position

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 21m 34s and the Declination is -20° 11’ 17”.

19h 21m 34s
-20° 11’ 17”

Simplified sky chart showing where KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) in Sagittarius on April, 04 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is right now (view fullscreen)

2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)
RA: 19h 21m 34s
Dec: -20° 11’ 17”
Deep sky finder chart for KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)
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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Distance

The distance of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth is currently 6,478,855,044 kilometers, equivalent to 43.308471 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 hours, 11.1342 seconds to travel from KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) and arrive to us.

6 hours, 11.1342 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) 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 KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth between January 2013 and December 2033

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 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2033 the closest approach of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) to Earth happens on Thu Jul 28 2033 at a distance of 41.87572227 Astronomical Units, or 6,264,518,899 kilometers:

Thu Jul 28 2033

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

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) brightness

The current visual magnitude of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is -100.00.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule), 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 KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) between January 2013 and December 2033

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 110.2°
Max altitude: 18.3°
Azimuth: 249.8°
KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) 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.

KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.05230625
Orbit inclination i 2.44794084°
Perihelion distance q 42.33689539 AU
6,333,509,414 km
Aphelion distance Q 47.01031244 AU
7,032,642,656 km
Semi-major axis a 44.67360391 AU
6,683,076,035 km
Orbital period period 298.6000 years
109,062.3649 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2060-Mar-14 12:16:44
2,473,533.0116 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 181.48456177323°
Longitude of the ascending node node 159.10409662695°
Mean anomaly M 312.03016009176°
Mean motion n 0.00330086°/day

Visualization of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) 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 KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)
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KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate KBO 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 28 19h 21m 21s -20° 11’ 59” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Mar 29 19h 21m 24s -20° 11’ 53” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Mar 30 19h 21m 25s -20° 11’ 48” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Mar 31 19h 21m 28s -20° 11’ 42” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 01 19h 21m 29s -20° 11’ 35” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 02 19h 21m 30s -20° 11’ 30” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 03 19h 21m 33s -20° 11’ 25” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 04 19h 21m 33s -20° 11’ 18” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 05 19h 21m 35s -20° 11’ 13” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 06 19h 21m 37s -20° 11’ 08” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 07 19h 21m 38s -20° 11’ 04” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 08 19h 21m 38s -20° 10’ 59” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 09 19h 21m 39s -20° 10’ 55” N.A. Sagittarius
2020 Apr 10 19h 21m 41s -20° 10’ 51” N.A. Sagittarius