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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168

Altitude: -24.3°   Azimuth: 263.1°   Direction: West

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius.

The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 18h 36m 03s and the Declination is -22° 59’ 02” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 26.92 (JPL).

18h 36m 03s
-22° 59’ 02”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 113.0°
Max altitude: 15.5°
Azimuth: 247.0°
  • 2015 XX168 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2015 XX168 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.

Finder chart of 2015 XX168 in Sagittarius on December,10 2023
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in Sagittarius on December, 10 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2015 XX168
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in Sagittarius on December, 10 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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 224,852,082 kilometers, equivalent to 1.503043 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 30.0258 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 30.0258 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42586152
Orbit inclination i 0.97525570°
Perihelion distance q 0.48186811 AU
72,086,443 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19670987 AU
179,025,249 km
Semi-major axis a 0.83928899 AU
125,555,846 km
Orbital period period 0.7689 years
280.8444 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Feb-01 12:35:38
2,459,977.0247 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Nov-09 08:51
2,460,257.8691 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 299.90640156103°
Longitude of the ascending node node 282.10299214911°
Mean anomaly M 30.091722519088°
Mean motion n 1.28184875°/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
2023 Dec 03 17h 43m 10s -23° 18’ 25” 26.57 Ophiucus
2023 Dec 04 17h 50m 08s -23° 19’ 41” 26.62 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 05 17h 57m 03s -23° 19’ 45” 26.66 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 06 18h 03m 55s -23° 18’ 45” 26.71 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 07 18h 10m 41s -23° 16’ 37” 26.76 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 08 18h 17m 25s -23° 13’ 27” 26.80 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 09 18h 24m 03s -23° 09’ 14” 26.85 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 10 18h 30m 38s -23° 04’ 02” 26.89 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 11 18h 37m 09s -22° 57’ 52” 26.93 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 12 18h 43m 35s -22° 50’ 48” 26.98 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 13 18h 49m 56s -22° 42’ 51” 27.02 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 14 18h 56m 13s -22° 34’ 01” 27.05 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 15 19h 02m 26s -22° 24’ 23” 27.09 Sagittarius
2023 Dec 16 19h 08m 35s -22° 13’ 58” 27.13 Sagittarius