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Asteroid 2017 XO2

Asteroid 2017 XO2 is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2017 XO2 is 08h 09m 23s and the Declination is +11° 34’ 19” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2017 XO2 is 24.89 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 2017 XO2 [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 09m 23s
+11° 34’ 19”
  • 2017 XO2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 20° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2017 XO2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2017 XO2 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid 2017 XO2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2017 XO2 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 2017 XO2 in Cancer on October, 05 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 2017 XO2 in Cancer on October, 05 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]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 2017 XO2 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2017 XO2
RA: 08h 09m 23s
Dec: +11° 34’ 19”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2017 XO2
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2017 XO2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2017 XO2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2017 XO2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2017 XO2 from Earth is currently 157,356,632 kilometers, equivalent to 1.051864 Astronomical Units. Light takes 8 minutes and 44.8852 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2017 XO2 and arrive to us.

8 minutes and 44.8852 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2017 XO2 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 2017 XO2 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. The value of the distance of 2017 XO2 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 2017 XO2 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2017 XO2 to Earth happens on Sat Nov 7 2099 at a distance of 0.037415 Astronomical Units, or 5,597,257 kilometers:

Sat Nov 7 2099

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

Asteroid 2017 XO2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2017 XO2 is 24.89.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2017 XO2, 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 2017 XO2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 2017 XO2 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 2017 XO2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 78.3°
Max altitude: 50.2°
Azimuth: 281.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 2017 XO2 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 2017 XO2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2017 XO2 at epoch 08 August 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459800.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.36447829
Orbit inclination i 14.52080385°
Perihelion distance q 0.72007771 AU
107,722,092 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.54602176 AU
231,281,564 km
Semi-major axis a 1.13304974 AU
169,501,828 km
Orbital period period 1.2061 years
440.5263 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jul-04 18:38:48
2,459,765.2769 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Sep-18 07:16
2,460,205.8033 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 93.743107827093°
Longitude of the ascending node node 218.34192066407°
Mean anomaly M 28.784429620977°
Mean motion n 0.81720424°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2017 XO2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2017 XO2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2017 XO2 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 2017 XO2
View Asteroid 2017 XO2 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid 2017 XO2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2017 XO2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2017 XO2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 28 07h 54m 03s +14° 02’ 36” 24.86 Gemini
2022 Sep 29 07h 56m 12s +13° 43’ 00” 24.87 Cancer
2022 Sep 30 07h 58m 17s +13° 23’ 20” 24.87 Cancer
2022 Oct 01 08h 00m 21s +13° 03’ 37” 24.88 Cancer
2022 Oct 02 08h 02m 25s +12° 43’ 53” 24.88 Cancer
2022 Oct 03 08h 04m 26s +12° 24’ 06” 24.88 Cancer
2022 Oct 04 08h 06m 25s +12° 04’ 15” 24.89 Cancer
2022 Oct 05 08h 08m 25s +11° 44’ 24” 24.89 Cancer
2022 Oct 06 08h 10m 22s +11° 24’ 29” 24.89 Cancer
2022 Oct 07 08h 12m 18s +11° 04’ 33” 24.90 Cancer
2022 Oct 08 08h 14m 12s +10° 44’ 35” 24.90 Cancer
2022 Oct 09 08h 16m 05s +10° 24’ 34” 24.90 Cancer
2022 Oct 10 08h 17m 57s +10° 04’ 32” 24.90 Cancer
2022 Oct 11 08h 19m 46s +09° 44’ 26” 24.90 Cancer