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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 14h 31m 59s and the Declination is -15° 08’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 26.08 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 [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]:

14h 31m 59s
-15° 08’ 41”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 in Libra on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in Libra on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 from Earth is currently 210,119,497 kilometers, equivalent to 1.404562 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 40.8832 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 40.8832 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 to Earth happens on Thu Dec 18 2025 at a distance of 0.011633 Astronomical Units, or 1,740,312 kilometers:

Thu Dec 18 2025

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 26.08.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168, 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) 2015 XX168 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 104.8°
Max altitude: 23.6°
Azimuth: 255.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42586620
Orbit inclination i 0.97813399°
Perihelion distance q 0.48173818 AU
72,067,006 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19640088 AU
178,979,024 km
Semi-major axis a 0.83906953 AU
125,523,015 km
Orbital period period 0.7700 years
280.7342 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-12 01:06:07
2,459,134.5459 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-19 18:43
2,459,415.2801 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 299.78601301617°
Longitude of the ascending node node 282.23753522718°
Mean anomaly M 188.1059856578°
Mean motion n 1.28235170°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 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) 2015 XX168
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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 12 13h 37m 02s -10° 24’ 15” 25.68 Virgo
2020 Oct 13 13h 43m 54s -11° 02’ 38” 25.73 Virgo
2020 Oct 14 13h 50m 47s -11° 40’ 27” 25.78 Virgo
2020 Oct 15 13h 57m 42s -12° 17’ 38” 25.83 Virgo
2020 Oct 16 14h 04m 40s -12° 54’ 07” 25.88 Virgo
2020 Oct 17 14h 11m 39s -13° 29’ 53” 25.93 Virgo
2020 Oct 18 14h 18m 39s -14° 04’ 51” 25.98 Virgo
2020 Oct 19 14h 25m 41s -14° 38’ 58” 26.03 Libra
2020 Oct 20 14h 32m 45s -15° 12’ 14” 26.09 Libra
2020 Oct 21 14h 39m 51s -15° 44’ 31” 26.14 Libra
2020 Oct 22 14h 46m 55s -16° 15’ 51” 26.19 Libra
2020 Oct 23 14h 54m 02s -16° 46’ 10” 26.24 Libra
2020 Oct 24 15h 01m 10s -17° 15’ 28” 26.29 Libra
2020 Oct 25 15h 08m 18s -17° 43’ 40” 26.34 Libra