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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ is 02h 02m 18s and the Declination is +14° 55’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ is 27.87 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ [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]:

02h 02m 18s
+14° 55’ 42”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ in Aries on January, 28 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ in Aries on January, 28 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) 2016 BQ?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ from Earth is currently 78,057,775 kilometers, equivalent to 0.521784 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 20.3727 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 20.3727 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ to Earth happens on Sat Aug 14 2021 at a distance of 0.011195 Astronomical Units, or 1,674,716 kilometers:

Sat Aug 14 2021

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ is 27.87.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ, 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) 2016 BQ between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 75.0°
Max altitude: 53.5°
Azimuth: 284.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13949346
Orbit inclination i 2.44185411°
Perihelion distance q 0.87020833 AU
130,181,314 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.15234069 AU
172,387,714 km
Semi-major axis a 1.01127451 AU
151,284,514 km
Orbital period period 1.0200 years
371.4514 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-May-16 15:23:11
2,458,986.1411 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-May-23 02:13
2,459,357.5925 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 277.26808900318°
Longitude of the ascending node node 307.19339057845°
Mean anomaly M 13.916223950874°
Mean motion n 0.96917116°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 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) 2016 BQ
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2016 BQ in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 21 01h 43m 06s +13° 49’ 14” 27.79 Pisces
2021 Jan 22 01h 45m 42s +13° 58’ 27” 27.80 Pisces
2021 Jan 23 01h 48m 20s +14° 07’ 37” 27.81 Aries
2021 Jan 24 01h 50m 57s +14° 16’ 50” 27.82 Aries
2021 Jan 25 01h 53m 35s +14° 26’ 00” 27.83 Aries
2021 Jan 26 01h 56m 13s +14° 35’ 11” 27.85 Aries
2021 Jan 27 01h 58m 54s +14° 44’ 20” 27.86 Aries
2021 Jan 28 02h 01m 33s +14° 53’ 26” 27.87 Aries
2021 Jan 29 02h 04m 14s +15° 02’ 33” 27.88 Aries
2021 Jan 30 02h 06m 56s +15° 11’ 35” 27.89 Aries
2021 Jan 31 02h 09m 38s +15° 20’ 36” 27.90 Aries
2021 Feb 01 02h 12m 23s +15° 29’ 35” 27.91 Aries
2021 Feb 02 02h 15m 06s +15° 38’ 31” 27.92 Aries
2021 Feb 03 02h 17m 50s +15° 47’ 23” 27.92 Aries