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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE 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 QE Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is currently in the constellation of Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 08h 56m 28s and the Declination is +17° 26’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 31.41 (JPL).

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

08h 56m 28s
+17° 26’ 31”
  • 2018 QE is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 33° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2018 QE is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2018 QE rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE available on TheSkyLive:

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE 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 QE in Cancer on May, 27 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE in Cancer on May, 27 2022
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 QE?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE from Earth is currently 262,732,719 kilometers, equivalent to 1.756260 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 36.3820 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 36.3820 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE to Earth happens on Wed Oct 9 2024 at a distance of 0.004466 Astronomical Units, or 668,092 kilometers:

Wed Oct 9 2024

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 31.41.


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

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

Azimuth: 72.5°
Max altitude: 55.9°
Azimuth: 287.5°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.24584774
Orbit inclination i 0.17493704°
Perihelion distance q 0.98962345 AU
148,045,561 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.63484248 AU
244,568,954 km
Semi-major axis a 1.31223296 AU
196,307,258 km
Orbital period period 1.5032 years
549.0537 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Sep-19 06:49:18
2,459,476.7842 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-22 08:06
2,460,025.8380 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 258.2944233987°
Longitude of the ascending node node 97.888643718832°
Mean anomaly M 81.117152896505°
Mean motion n 0.65567354°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 May 20 08h 39m 44s +18° 32’ 36” 31.34 Cancer
2022 May 21 08h 41m 58s +18° 24’ 11” 31.35 Cancer
2022 May 22 08h 44m 12s +18° 15’ 38” 31.36 Cancer
2022 May 23 08h 46m 26s +18° 07’ 00” 31.37 Cancer
2022 May 24 08h 48m 38s +17° 58’ 15” 31.38 Cancer
2022 May 25 08h 50m 52s +17° 49’ 24” 31.39 Cancer
2022 May 26 08h 53m 04s +17° 40’ 27” 31.40 Cancer
2022 May 27 08h 55m 18s +17° 31’ 23” 31.41 Cancer
2022 May 28 08h 57m 30s +17° 22’ 14” 31.41 Cancer
2022 May 29 08h 59m 44s +17° 13’ 00” 31.42 Cancer
2022 May 30 09h 01m 57s +17° 03’ 38” 31.43 Cancer
2022 May 31 09h 04m 09s +16° 54’ 10” 31.44 Cancer
2022 Jun 01 09h 06m 21s +16° 44’ 36” 31.45 Cancer
2022 Jun 02 09h 08m 35s +16° 34’ 56” 31.46 Cancer