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Asteroid 2016 HO3

Altitude: -2.1°   Azimuth: 291.1°   Direction: West-North-West

Asteroid 2016 HO3 is currently in the constellation of Virgo.

The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2016 HO3 is 12h 03m 02s and the Declination is +11° 16’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2016 HO3 is 23.73 (JPL).

12h 03m 02s
+11° 16’ 10”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 2016 HO3 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 79.1°
Max altitude: 49.6°
Azimuth: 281.3°
  • 2016 HO3 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 HO3 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid 2016 HO3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2016 HO3 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 2016 HO3 in Virgo on December,02 2023
Map showing Asteroid 2016 HO3 in Virgo on December, 02 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2016 HO3
Map showing Asteroid 2016 HO3 in Virgo on December, 02 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 2016 HO3 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2016 HO3
RA: 12h 03m 02s
Dec: +11° 16’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2016 HO3
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2016 HO3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2016 HO3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2016 HO3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2016 HO3 from Earth is currently 24,055,543 kilometers, equivalent to 0.160801 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 minutes and 20.2407 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2016 HO3 and arrive to us.

1 minutes and 20.2407 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2016 HO3 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 2016 HO3 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. The value of the distance of 2016 HO3 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Asteroid 2016 HO3 to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2016 HO3 to Earth happens on Sat Nov 9 2030 at a distance of 0.107288 Astronomical Units, or 16,050,030 kilometers:

Sat Nov 9 2030

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 2016 HO3 Brightness and Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2016 HO3, 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 2016 HO3 as a function of time

Asteroid 2016 HO3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2016 HO3 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.10282645
Orbit inclination i 7.79207609°
Perihelion distance q 0.89807740 AU
134,350,467 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.10393747 AU
165,146,696 km
Semi-major axis a 1.00100743 AU
149,748,581 km
Orbital period period 1.0015 years
365.8090 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Oct-04 13:54:28
2,459,857.0795 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Oct-05 09:19
2,460,222.8885 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 305.35166689085°
Longitude of the ascending node node 65.905571257078°
Mean anomaly M 141.14300832246°
Mean motion n 0.98412014°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2016 HO3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2016 HO3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2016 HO3 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 2016 HO3
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Asteroid 2016 HO3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2016 HO3 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2016 HO3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Nov 25 11h 43m 45s +06° 17’ 53” 23.89 Virgo
2023 Nov 26 11h 46m 11s +07° 00’ 37” 23.86 Virgo
2023 Nov 27 11h 48m 41s +07° 42’ 15” 23.84 Virgo
2023 Nov 28 11h 51m 11s +08° 22’ 50” 23.82 Virgo
2023 Nov 29 11h 53m 44s +09° 02’ 23” 23.80 Virgo
2023 Nov 30 11h 56m 18s +09° 40’ 58” 23.78 Virgo
2023 Dec 01 11h 58m 54s +10° 18’ 33” 23.76 Virgo
2023 Dec 02 12h 01m 30s +10° 55’ 11” 23.74 Virgo
2023 Dec 03 12h 04m 06s +11° 30’ 56” 23.73 Virgo
2023 Dec 04 12h 06m 45s +12° 05’ 49” 23.71 Virgo
2023 Dec 05 12h 09m 24s +12° 39’ 52” 23.69 Virgo
2023 Dec 06 12h 12m 02s +13° 13’ 09” 23.68 Virgo
2023 Dec 07 12h 14m 43s +13° 45’ 38” 23.66 Coma
2023 Dec 08 12h 17m 23s +14° 17’ 25” 23.65 Coma