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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 is 07h 27m 17s and the Declination is +19° 28’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 is 29.17 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 [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]:

07h 27m 17s
+19° 28’ 54”
  • 2016 LY48 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 37° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 LY48 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2016 LY48 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 in Gemini on May, 17 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 in Gemini on May, 17 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 LY48?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 from Earth is currently 593,125,701 kilometers, equivalent to 3.964800 Astronomical Units. Light takes 32 minutes and 58.4544 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 and arrive to us.

32 minutes and 58.4544 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 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 LY48 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 to Earth happens on Sun Sep 17 2023 at a distance of 0.011133 Astronomical Units, or 1,665,546 kilometers:

Sun Sep 17 2023

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 is 29.17.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48, 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 LY48 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 70.5°
Max altitude: 58.0°
Azimuth: 289.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59329081
Orbit inclination i 4.14923207°
Perihelion distance q 0.94087722 AU
140,753,229 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.68590402 AU
551,403,394 km
Semi-major axis a 2.31339062 AU
346,078,312 km
Orbital period period 3.5200 years
1,285.2034 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Feb-14 08:11:15
2,458,893.8412 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Aug-22 13:04
2,460,179.0446 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 155.27108624908°
Longitude of the ascending node node 165.86935434475°
Mean anomaly M 29.876346857097°
Mean motion n 0.28011129°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 LY48 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 LY48 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 10 07h 19m 41s +19° 38’ 22” 29.13 Gemini
2021 May 11 07h 20m 38s +19° 37’ 19” 29.14 Gemini
2021 May 12 07h 21m 34s +19° 36’ 14” 29.14 Gemini
2021 May 13 07h 22m 32s +19° 35’ 04” 29.15 Gemini
2021 May 14 07h 23m 31s +19° 33’ 54” 29.15 Gemini
2021 May 15 07h 24m 30s +19° 32’ 39” 29.16 Gemini
2021 May 16 07h 25m 29s +19° 31’ 22” 29.16 Gemini
2021 May 17 07h 26m 29s +19° 30’ 02” 29.17 Gemini
2021 May 18 07h 27m 29s +19° 28’ 40” 29.17 Gemini
2021 May 19 07h 28m 29s +19° 27’ 15” 29.18 Gemini
2021 May 20 07h 29m 30s +19° 25’ 46” 29.18 Gemini
2021 May 21 07h 30m 30s +19° 24’ 16” 29.19 Gemini
2021 May 22 07h 31m 32s +19° 22’ 42” 29.19 Gemini
2021 May 23 07h 32m 34s +19° 21’ 06” 29.20 Gemini