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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 Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 23h 11m 51s and the Declination is -03° 31’ 38” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 is 27.12 (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]:

23h 11m 51s
-03° 31’ 38”
  • 2015 XX168 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 17° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2015 XX168 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2015 XX168 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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 Aquarius on December, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 in Aquarius on December, 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]

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 99,512,321 kilometers, equivalent to 0.665199 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 minutes and 31.9374 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2015 XX168 and arrive to us.

5 minutes and 31.9374 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 27.12.


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: 93.6°
Max altitude: 35.0°
Azimuth: 266.5°

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 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42580528
Orbit inclination i 0.97796274°
Perihelion distance q 0.48180267 AU
72,076,653 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.19638296 AU
178,976,343 km
Semi-major axis a 0.83909281 AU
125,526,498 km
Orbital period period 0.7700 years
280.7459 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-12 01:38:11
2,459,134.5682 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-19 19:32
2,459,415.3141 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 299.78268657773°
Longitude of the ascending node node 282.23782811424°
Mean anomaly M 84.544256503984°
Mean motion n 1.28229832°/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
2021 Dec 01 22h 54m 55s -05° 02’ 57” 26.91 Aquarius
2021 Dec 02 22h 57m 05s -04° 51’ 26” 26.93 Aquarius
2021 Dec 03 22h 59m 15s -04° 39’ 56” 26.96 Aquarius
2021 Dec 04 23h 01m 23s -04° 28’ 23” 26.99 Aquarius
2021 Dec 05 23h 03m 33s -04° 16’ 50” 27.02 Aquarius
2021 Dec 06 23h 05m 40s -04° 05’ 16” 27.04 Aquarius
2021 Dec 07 23h 07m 49s -03° 53’ 39” 27.07 Aquarius
2021 Dec 08 23h 09m 56s -03° 42’ 02” 27.10 Aquarius
2021 Dec 09 23h 12m 03s -03° 30’ 23” 27.12 Aquarius
2021 Dec 10 23h 14m 09s -03° 18’ 42” 27.15 Pisces
2021 Dec 11 23h 16m 17s -03° 06’ 59” 27.17 Pisces
2021 Dec 12 23h 18m 23s -02° 55’ 14” 27.19 Pisces
2021 Dec 13 23h 20m 29s -02° 43’ 28” 27.22 Pisces
2021 Dec 14 23h 22m 33s -02° 31’ 41” 27.24 Pisces