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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is 23h 57m 48s and the Declination is -11° 07’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is 30.03 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 [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]:

23h 57m 48s
-11° 07’ 03”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 in Cetus on May, 17 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 in Cetus 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 from Earth is currently 325,143,396 kilometers, equivalent to 2.173449 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 4.5616 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 4.5616 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 to Earth happens on Tue Apr 3 2029 at a distance of 0.011954 Astronomical Units, or 1,788,286 kilometers:

Tue Apr 3 2029

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is 30.03.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6, 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) 2017 GK6 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 101.1°
Max altitude: 27.5°
Azimuth: 259.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 at epoch 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.34131143
Orbit inclination i 14.92065759°
Perihelion distance q 0.94343305 AU
141,135,575 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.92114695 AU
287,399,493 km
Semi-major axis a 1.43229000 AU
214,267,534 km
Orbital period period 1.7100 years
626.1017 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-04 14:07:22
2,459,066.0885 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Apr-22 16:33
2,459,692.1901 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 138.41223691499°
Longitude of the ascending node node 15.778813031331°
Mean anomaly M 77.284824049937°
Mean motion n 0.57498648°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 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) 2017 GK6
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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 10 23h 45m 59s -12° 22’ 36” 30.05 Aquarius
2021 May 11 23h 47m 40s -12° 11’ 45” 30.05 Aquarius
2021 May 12 23h 49m 23s -12° 00’ 59” 30.05 Aquarius
2021 May 13 23h 51m 03s -11° 50’ 12” 30.04 Aquarius
2021 May 14 23h 52m 44s -11° 39’ 29” 30.04 Aquarius
2021 May 15 23h 54m 24s -11° 28’ 49” 30.04 Aquarius
2021 May 16 23h 56m 03s -11° 18’ 11” 30.03 Aquarius
2021 May 17 23h 57m 42s -11° 07’ 36” 30.03 Cetus
2021 May 18 23h 59m 21s -10° 57’ 03” 30.02 Cetus
2021 May 19 00h 00m 59s -10° 46’ 33” 30.02 Cetus
2021 May 20 00h 02m 35s -10° 36’ 06” 30.01 Cetus
2021 May 21 00h 04m 13s -10° 25’ 41” 30.01 Cetus
2021 May 22 00h 05m 49s -10° 15’ 20” 30.00 Cetus
2021 May 23 00h 07m 26s -10° 05’ 03” 30.00 Cetus