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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 is 16h 17m 02s and the Declination is -22° 04’ 24” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 is 29.18 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 [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]:

16h 17m 02s
-22° 04’ 24”
  • 2016 FZ12 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 13° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 FZ12 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2016 FZ12 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 in Scorpius on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 in Scorpius on January, 24 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 FZ12?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 from Earth is currently 182,970,091 kilometers, equivalent to 1.223080 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 10.3225 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 10.3225 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 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 FZ12 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 to Earth happens on Sat Mar 19 2022 at a distance of 0.005408 Astronomical Units, or 808,966 kilometers:

Sat Mar 19 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 is 29.18.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12, 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 FZ12 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.0°
Max altitude: 16.5°
Azimuth: 247.9°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.29869156
Orbit inclination i 1.75149146°
Perihelion distance q 0.79202281 AU
118,484,925 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.46667753 AU
219,411,836 km
Semi-major axis a 1.12935017 AU
168,948,381 km
Orbital period period 1.2000 years
438.3705 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-04 08:31:37
2,459,157.8553 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-16 17:25
2,459,596.2258 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 106.67019651205°
Longitude of the ascending node node 348.51664140853°
Mean anomaly M 230.77620552954°
Mean motion n 0.82122307°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 FZ12 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 FZ12 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 17 15h 53m 35s -20° 49’ 58” 29.12 Scorpius
2021 Jan 18 15h 56m 48s -21° 00’ 52” 29.13 Scorpius
2021 Jan 19 15h 59m 58s -21° 11’ 31” 29.14 Scorpius
2021 Jan 20 16h 03m 10s -21° 21’ 53” 29.15 Scorpius
2021 Jan 21 16h 06m 20s -21° 31’ 59” 29.16 Scorpius
2021 Jan 22 16h 09m 29s -21° 41’ 48” 29.17 Scorpius
2021 Jan 23 16h 12m 38s -21° 51’ 21” 29.17 Scorpius
2021 Jan 24 16h 15m 47s -22° 00’ 38” 29.18 Scorpius
2021 Jan 25 16h 18m 55s -22° 09’ 39” 29.19 Scorpius
2021 Jan 26 16h 22m 01s -22° 18’ 24” 29.20 Scorpius
2021 Jan 27 16h 25m 09s -22° 26’ 53” 29.21 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 28 16h 28m 14s -22° 35’ 08” 29.22 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 29 16h 31m 19s -22° 43’ 06” 29.22 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 30 16h 34m 24s -22° 50’ 49” 29.23 Ophiucus