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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 is currently in the constellation of Ursa Major. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 is 10h 01m 09s and the Declination is +67° 18’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 is 23.64 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 [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]:

10h 01m 09s
+67° 18’ 34”
Ursa Major
  • 2017 XQ60 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-North-East direction at an altitude of 72° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2017 XQ60 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2017 XQ60 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60 in Ursa Major on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 in Ursa Major on November, 24 2020
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 XQ60 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 from Earth is currently 36,566,488 kilometers, equivalent to 0.244432 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 minutes and 1.9727 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 and arrive to us.

2 minutes and 1.9727 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60 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 XQ60 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 to Earth happens on Mon Dec 21 2020 at a distance of 0.027729 Astronomical Units, or 4,148,129 kilometers:

Mon Dec 21 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 is 23.64.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60, 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 XQ60 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 is circumpolar and transits at 05:46 UTC (altitude: 74.2°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21443470
Orbit inclination i 27.19603042°
Perihelion distance q 0.78531030 AU
117,480,749 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.21404049 AU
181,617,873 km
Semi-major axis a 0.99967540 AU
149,549,311 km
Orbital period period 1.0000 years
365.0791 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-09 15:52:11
2,458,918.1612 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Mar-09 17:46
2,459,283.2403 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 283.72809296738°
Longitude of the ascending node node 269.19887070783°
Mean anomaly M 81.19323930551°
Mean motion n 0.98608776°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60
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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 XQ60 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 XQ60 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 09h 49m 32s +68° 44’ 51” 24.17 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 18 09h 51m 29s +68° 34’ 39” 24.11 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 19 09h 53m 18s +68° 23’ 57” 24.04 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 20 09h 55m 03s +68° 12’ 43” 23.97 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 21 09h 56m 40s +68° 00’ 54” 23.90 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 22 09h 58m 12s +67° 48’ 24” 23.82 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 23 09h 59m 36s +67° 35’ 11” 23.74 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 24 10h 00m 55s +67° 21’ 09” 23.66 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 25 10h 02m 06s +67° 06’ 11” 23.58 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 26 10h 03m 10s +66° 50’ 12” 23.49 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 27 10h 04m 06s +66° 33’ 05” 23.40 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 28 10h 04m 55s +66° 14’ 38” 23.31 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 29 10h 05m 36s +65° 54’ 42” 23.21 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 30 10h 06m 10s +65° 33’ 03” 23.10 Ursa Major