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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 2018 AJ

Asteroid 2018 AJ is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2018 AJ is 02h 07m 10s and the Declination is +16° 23’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2018 AJ is 25.66 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 2018 AJ [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]:

02h 07m 10s
+16° 23’ 20”
Aries
25.66
  • 2018 AJ is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 9° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2018 AJ is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2018 AJ rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid 2018 AJ Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ in Aries on February, 05 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 2018 AJ in Aries on February, 05 2023
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 2018 AJ is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2018 AJ
RA: 02h 07m 10s
Dec: +16° 23’ 20”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2018 AJ
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2018 AJ?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2018 AJ in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2018 AJ Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2018 AJ from Earth is currently 79,767,767 kilometers, equivalent to 0.533215 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 26.0766 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2018 AJ and arrive to us.

79,767,767
0.533215
4 minutes and 26.0766 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 2018 AJ to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2018 AJ to Earth happens on Wed Jan 24 2018 at a distance of 0.012035 Astronomical Units, or 1,800,431 kilometers:

Wed Jan 24 2018
1,800,431
0.012035

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

Asteroid 2018 AJ brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2018 AJ is 25.66.

25.66

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2018 AJ, 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 2018 AJ between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 73.7°
Max altitude: 54.9°
Azimuth: 286.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2018 AJ at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.30625311
Orbit inclination i 5.66603619°
Perihelion distance q 0.98565522 AU
147,451,922 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.85588610 AU
277,636,609 km
Semi-major axis a 1.42077066 AU
212,544,265 km
Orbital period period 1.6935 years
618.5637 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Mar-07 13:15:21
2,460,011.0523 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 195.43799502679°
Longitude of the ascending node node 303.58554643684°
Mean anomaly M 353.85861252348°
Mean motion n 0.58199346°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2018 AJ Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2018 AJ with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2018 AJ 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 2018 AJ
View Asteroid 2018 AJ in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid 2018 AJ 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2018 AJ computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2018 AJ in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 29 01h 42m 02s +15° 41’ 59” 25.68 Pisces
2023 Jan 30 01h 45m 02s +15° 47’ 21” 25.68 Pisces
2023 Jan 31 01h 48m 06s +15° 52’ 41” 25.68 Aries
2023 Feb 01 01h 51m 12s +15° 58’ 00” 25.68 Aries
2023 Feb 02 01h 54m 20s +16° 03’ 15” 25.67 Aries
2023 Feb 03 01h 57m 32s +16° 08’ 27” 25.67 Aries
2023 Feb 04 02h 00m 43s +16° 13’ 36” 25.67 Aries
2023 Feb 05 02h 03m 59s +16° 18’ 41” 25.67 Aries
2023 Feb 06 02h 07m 15s +16° 23’ 39” 25.66 Aries
2023 Feb 07 02h 10m 36s +16° 28’ 33” 25.66 Aries
2023 Feb 08 02h 13m 56s +16° 33’ 21” 25.66 Aries
2023 Feb 09 02h 17m 21s +16° 38’ 03” 25.66 Aries
2023 Feb 10 02h 20m 47s +16° 42’ 37” 25.65 Aries
2023 Feb 11 02h 24m 15s +16° 47’ 03” 25.65 Aries