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Asteroid 2017 XO2

Altitude: 37.3°   Azimuth: 185.5°   Direction: South

Asteroid 2017 XO2 is currently in the constellation of Serpens. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2017 XO2 is 15h 18m 54s and the Declination is -01° 04’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2017 XO2 is 24.19 (JPL).

15h 18m 54s
-01° 04’ 41”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 2017 XO2 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.1°
Max altitude: 37.4°
Azimuth: 268.9°
  • 2017 XO2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 37° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2017 XO2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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.

Finder chart of 2017 XO2 in Serpens on September,27 2023
Map showing Asteroid 2017 XO2 in Serpens on September, 27 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2017 XO2
Map showing Asteroid 2017 XO2 in Serpens on September, 27 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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: 15h 18m 54s
Dec: -01° 04’ 41”
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 89,083,329 kilometers, equivalent to 0.595485 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 57.1500 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2017 XO2 and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 57.1500 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 2017 XO2 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 2017 XO2 as a function of time

Asteroid 2017 XO2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2017 XO2 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.36443202
Orbit inclination i 14.52099943°
Perihelion distance q 0.72011087 AU
107,727,053 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.54592799 AU
231,267,536 km
Semi-major axis a 1.13301943 AU
169,497,294 km
Orbital period period 1.2060 years
440.5087 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Sep-18 06:26:49
2,460,205.7686 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Dec-01 18:39
2,460,646.2773 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 93.736057089504°
Longitude of the ascending node node 218.33984089795°
Mean anomaly M 192.2468765189°
Mean motion n 0.81723703°/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
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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
2023 Sep 20 14h 50m 08s -00° 26’ 16” 24.18 Virgo
2023 Sep 21 14h 53m 52s -00° 30’ 51” 24.18 Libra
2023 Sep 22 14h 57m 37s -00° 35’ 31” 24.18 Libra
2023 Sep 23 15h 01m 22s -00° 40’ 18” 24.18 Libra
2023 Sep 24 15h 05m 08s -00° 45’ 14” 24.18 Libra
2023 Sep 25 15h 08m 53s -00° 50’ 17” 24.19 Libra
2023 Sep 26 15h 12m 42s -00° 55’ 31” 24.19 Serpens
2023 Sep 27 15h 16m 30s -01° 00’ 56” 24.19 Serpens
2023 Sep 28 15h 20m 18s -01° 06’ 36” 24.19 Serpens
2023 Sep 29 15h 24m 08s -01° 12’ 30” 24.20 Serpens
2023 Sep 30 15h 28m 00s -01° 18’ 42” 24.20 Serpens
2023 Oct 01 15h 31m 54s -01° 25’ 10” 24.20 Serpens
2023 Oct 02 15h 35m 48s -01° 32’ 00” 24.20 Serpens
2023 Oct 03 15h 39m 44s -01° 39’ 14” 24.20 Serpens