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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB 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 LB Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB is 16h 44m 33s and the Declination is -20° 28’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB is 27.36 (JPL).

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

16h 44m 33s
-20° 28’ 35”
  • 2018 LB is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 17° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2018 LB is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2018 LB rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB 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 LB in Ophiucus on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB in Ophiucus on January, 24 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 LB?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB from Earth is currently 53,486,378 kilometers, equivalent to 0.357534 Astronomical Units. Light takes 2 minutes and 58.4114 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB and arrive to us.

2 minutes and 58.4114 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB to Earth happens on Tue Jun 1 2021 at a distance of 0.007379 Astronomical Units, or 1,103,922 kilometers:

Tue Jun 1 2021

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB is 27.36.


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

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

Azimuth: 110.5°
Max altitude: 18.0°
Azimuth: 249.5°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.31899549
Orbit inclination i 0.87919476°
Perihelion distance q 0.56187239 AU
84,054,913 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.08825586 AU
162,800,760 km
Semi-major axis a 0.82506412 AU
123,427,837 km
Orbital period period 0.7500 years
273.7348 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-03 20:55:27
2,458,912.3718 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Dec-02 14:33
2,459,186.1066 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 318.64441487093°
Longitude of the ascending node node 79.511149454348°
Mean anomaly M 115.90100651257°
Mean motion n 1.31514161°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB Orbit

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

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 LB 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 LB in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 17 16h 51m 07s -20° 52’ 06” 27.91 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 18 16h 49m 44s -20° 47’ 49” 27.81 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 19 16h 48m 29s -20° 43’ 53” 27.72 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 20 16h 47m 26s -20° 40’ 17” 27.64 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 21 16h 46m 32s -20° 37’ 00” 27.56 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 22 16h 45m 47s -20° 34’ 01” 27.50 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 23 16h 45m 11s -20° 31’ 23” 27.44 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 24 16h 44m 42s -20° 29’ 03” 27.38 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 25 16h 44m 21s -20° 27’ 01” 27.33 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 26 16h 44m 08s -20° 25’ 14” 27.28 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 27 16h 44m 03s -20° 23’ 44” 27.24 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 28 16h 44m 03s -20° 22’ 31” 27.20 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 29 16h 44m 11s -20° 21’ 30” 27.16 Ophiucus
2021 Jan 30 16h 44m 23s -20° 20’ 44” 27.13 Ophiucus