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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 Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is 08h 00m 35s and the Declination is +24° 11’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 is 27.68 (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]:

08h 00m 35s
+24° 11’ 27”
  • 2017 GK6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 63° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2017 GK6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2017 GK6 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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 Gemini on May, 16 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 in Gemini on May, 16 2022
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) 2017 GK6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 from Earth is currently 129,885,659 kilometers, equivalent to 0.868232 Astronomical Units. Light takes 7 minutes and 13.2519 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 GK6 and arrive to us.

7 minutes and 13.2519 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 27.68.


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: 65.6°
Max altitude: 62.7°
Azimuth: 294.5°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.34149890
Orbit inclination i 14.92550472°
Perihelion distance q 0.94311511 AU
141,088,013 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.92131475 AU
287,424,596 km
Semi-major axis a 1.43221493 AU
214,256,304 km
Orbital period period 1.7140 years
626.0525 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Apr-22 19:50:45
2,459,692.3269 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Jan-08 21:06
2,460,318.3794 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 138.48592507308°
Longitude of the ascending node node 15.756632972974°
Mean anomaly M 307.19661472428°
Mean motion n 0.57503169°/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
2022 May 09 07h 22m 27s +28° 01’ 22” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 10 07h 27m 29s +27° 34’ 02” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 11 07h 32m 33s +27° 05’ 54” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 12 07h 37m 32s +26° 36’ 57” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 13 07h 42m 32s +26° 07’ 13” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 14 07h 47m 30s +25° 36’ 42” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 15 07h 52m 24s +25° 05’ 26” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 16 07h 57m 19s +24° 33’ 25” 27.68 Gemini
2022 May 17 08h 02m 11s +24° 00’ 44” 27.68 Cancer
2022 May 18 08h 07m 00s +23° 27’ 23” 27.68 Cancer
2022 May 19 08h 11m 48s +22° 53’ 21” 27.68 Cancer
2022 May 20 08h 16m 33s +22° 18’ 42” 27.68 Cancer
2022 May 21 08h 21m 18s +21° 43’ 28” 27.68 Cancer
2022 May 22 08h 25m 59s +21° 07’ 40” 27.68 Cancer