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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX is 14h 23m 50s and the Declination is -33° 35’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX is 24.62 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX [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]:

14h 23m 50s
-33° 35’ 03”
Centaurus
24.62
  • 2018 BX is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2018 BX is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2018 BX rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX in Centaurus on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX in Centaurus on January, 21 2021
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) 2018 BX?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX from Earth is currently 3,522,306 kilometers, equivalent to 0.023545 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11.7491 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX and arrive to us.

3,522,306
0.023545
11.7491 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX to Earth happens on Fri Jan 22 2021 at a distance of 0.022823 Astronomical Units, or 3,414,268 kilometers:

Fri Jan 22 2021
3,414,268
0.022823

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX is 24.62.

24.62

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

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

Azimuth: 122.9°
Max altitude: 4.9°
Azimuth: 235.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21973234
Orbit inclination i 6.48443972°
Perihelion distance q 0.64345362 AU
96,259,291 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.00586149 AU
150,474,738 km
Semi-major axis a 0.82465756 AU
123,367,015 km
Orbital period period 0.7500 years
273.5325 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-08 14:01:45
2,459,070.0846 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-May-09 02:48
2,459,343.6170 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 338.40155072716°
Longitude of the ascending node node 298.64077367643°
Mean anomaly M 268.4187647745°
Mean motion n 1.31611431°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 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) 2018 BX
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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 BX 15 Days Ephemeris

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 14 13h 03m 44s +01° 45’ 47” 24.74 Virgo
2021 Jan 15 13h 09m 43s -01° 14’ 36” 24.64 Virgo
2021 Jan 16 13h 16m 40s -04° 43’ 50” 24.54 Virgo
2021 Jan 17 13h 24m 47s -08° 46’ 57” 24.47 Virgo
2021 Jan 18 13h 34m 27s -13° 28’ 54” 24.42 Virgo
2021 Jan 19 13h 46m 08s -18° 53’ 30” 24.41 Virgo
2021 Jan 20 14h 00m 28s -25° 01’ 06” 24.45 Hydra
2021 Jan 21 14h 18m 20s -31° 45’ 57” 24.57 Centaurus
2021 Jan 22 14h 40m 59s -38° 52’ 55” 24.78 Centaurus
2021 Jan 23 15h 09m 55s -45° 56’ 20” 25.07 Lupus
2021 Jan 24 15h 46m 47s -52° 22’ 32” 25.45 Norma
2021 Jan 25 16h 32m 35s -57° 36’ 52” 26.00 Norma
2021 Jan 26 17h 25m 59s -61° 13’ 26” 26.00 Ara
2021 Jan 27 18h 22m 15s -63° 04’ 58” 27.00 Pavo