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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 is 12h 53m 19s and the Declination is -02° 26’ 33” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 is 28.68 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 [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]:

12h 53m 19s
-02° 26’ 33”
  • 2016 JD18 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 35° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 JD18 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2016 JD18 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 in Virgo on October, 28 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 in Virgo on October, 28 2020
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 JD18?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 from Earth is currently 394,983,022 kilometers, equivalent to 2.640298 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21 minutes and 57.5215 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 and arrive to us.

21 minutes and 57.5215 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 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 JD18 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 to Earth happens on Sat May 18 2030 at a distance of 0.012198 Astronomical Units, or 1,824,790 kilometers:

Sat May 18 2030

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 is 28.68.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18, 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 JD18 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 92.4°
Max altitude: 36.1°
Azimuth: 267.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.69008053
Orbit inclination i 5.39678530°
Perihelion distance q 0.86545813 AU
129,470,694 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.71959348 AU
706,041,137 km
Semi-major axis a 2.79252580 AU
417,755,915 km
Orbital period period 4.6700 years
1,704.4891 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Feb-20 04:02:36
2,459,265.6685 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 227.27085305784°
Longitude of the ascending node node 57.803689917934°
Mean anomaly M 303.99456443486°
Mean motion n 0.21120699°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 JD18 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 JD18 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 21 12h 36m 20s -00° 32’ 04” 28.77 Virgo
2020 Oct 22 12h 38m 35s -00° 47’ 08” 28.76 Virgo
2020 Oct 23 12h 40m 49s -01° 02’ 17” 28.74 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 12h 43m 04s -01° 17’ 31” 28.73 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 12h 45m 20s -01° 32’ 51” 28.72 Virgo
2020 Oct 26 12h 47m 38s -01° 48’ 15” 28.71 Virgo
2020 Oct 27 12h 49m 55s -02° 03’ 44” 28.69 Virgo
2020 Oct 28 12h 52m 14s -02° 19’ 18” 28.68 Virgo
2020 Oct 29 12h 54m 36s -02° 34’ 58” 28.67 Virgo
2020 Oct 30 12h 56m 57s -02° 50’ 43” 28.65 Virgo
2020 Oct 31 12h 59m 20s -03° 06’ 32” 28.64 Virgo
2020 Nov 01 13h 01m 44s -03° 22’ 27” 28.62 Virgo
2020 Nov 02 13h 04m 09s -03° 38’ 26” 28.61 Virgo
2020 Nov 03 13h 06m 34s -03° 54’ 29” 28.60 Virgo