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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 Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 07h 26m 48s and the Declination is +23° 00’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 27.58 (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]:

07h 26m 48s
+23° 00’ 27”
  • 2015 XX168 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2015 XX168 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2015 XX168 rise and set times.
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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 Gemini on October, 03 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in Gemini on October, 03 2022
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = 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) 2015 XX168?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 from Earth is currently 122,647,155 kilometers, equivalent to 0.819846 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 minutes and 49.1069 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 and arrive to us.

6 minutes and 49.1069 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 0.012059 Astronomical Units, or 1,804,028 kilometers:

Thu Dec 18 2025

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 27.58.


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: 67.0°
Max altitude: 61.6°
Azimuth: 293.0°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42579625
Orbit inclination i 0.97529589°
Perihelion distance q 0.48193788 AU
72,096,881 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19669235 AU
179,022,628 km
Semi-major axis a 0.83931512 AU
125,559,755 km
Orbital period period 0.7689 years
280.8575 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Apr-26 15:39:53
2,459,696.1527 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Feb-01 12:14
2,459,977.0102 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 299.87566068994°
Longitude of the ascending node node 282.12846569171°
Mean anomaly M 237.39342412665°
Mean motion n 1.28178890°/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
2022 Sep 26 07h 02m 54s +23° 43’ 04” 27.72 Gemini
2022 Sep 27 07h 05m 59s +23° 38’ 21” 27.70 Gemini
2022 Sep 28 07h 09m 06s +23° 33’ 24” 27.68 Gemini
2022 Sep 29 07h 12m 14s +23° 28’ 10” 27.66 Gemini
2022 Sep 30 07h 15m 21s +23° 22’ 41” 27.65 Gemini
2022 Oct 01 07h 18m 32s +23° 16’ 54” 27.63 Gemini
2022 Oct 02 07h 21m 42s +23° 10’ 50” 27.61 Gemini
2022 Oct 03 07h 24m 54s +23° 04’ 29” 27.59 Gemini
2022 Oct 04 07h 28m 08s +22° 57’ 51” 27.57 Gemini
2022 Oct 05 07h 31m 22s +22° 50’ 54” 27.55 Gemini
2022 Oct 06 07h 34m 37s +22° 43’ 38” 27.53 Gemini
2022 Oct 07 07h 37m 55s +22° 36’ 05” 27.51 Gemini
2022 Oct 08 07h 41m 14s +22° 28’ 10” 27.49 Gemini
2022 Oct 09 07h 44m 35s +22° 19’ 55” 27.47 Gemini