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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 37m 00s and the Declination is -23° 17’ 46”.

17h 37m 00s
-23° 17’ 46”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE in Ophiucus on December, 14 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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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

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE from Earth is currently 331,963,300 kilometers, equivalent to 2.219038 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 27.3104 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 27.3104 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

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE to Earth happens on Wed Oct 9 2024 at a distance of 0.00460565 Astronomical Units, or 688,995 kilometers:

Wed Oct 9 2024

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 30.22.


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: 113.3°
Max altitude: 15.2°
Azimuth: 246.7°
Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.24662464
Orbit inclination i 0.18265083°
Perihelion distance q 0.98954414 AU
148,033,696 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.63741763 AU
244,954,191 km
Semi-major axis a 1.31348088 AU
196,493,943 km
Orbital period period 1.5100 years
549.8371 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Sep-16 12:05:10
2,458,378.0036 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Mar-19 08:10
2,458,927.8407 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 249.47859669778°
Longitude of the ascending node node 107.6820868247°
Mean anomaly M 145.67715006795°
Mean motion n 0.65473935°/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
2019 Dec 07 17h 08m 26s -22° 51’ 47” 30.38 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 08 17h 11m 59s -22° 56’ 04” 30.36 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 09 17h 15m 34s -23° 00’ 06” 30.34 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 10 17h 19m 10s -23° 03’ 51” 30.32 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 11 17h 22m 47s -23° 07’ 17” 30.30 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 12 17h 26m 26s -23° 10’ 24” 30.28 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 13 17h 30m 05s -23° 13’ 15” 30.26 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 14 17h 33m 43s -23° 15’ 47” 30.24 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 15 17h 37m 24s -23° 18’ 00” 30.22 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 16 17h 41m 05s -23° 19’ 54” 30.20 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 17 17h 44m 48s -23° 21’ 29” 30.18 Sagittarius
2019 Dec 18 17h 48m 32s -23° 22’ 45” 30.16 Sagittarius
2019 Dec 19 17h 52m 15s -23° 23’ 40” 30.14 Sagittarius
2019 Dec 20 17h 56m 00s -23° 24’ 16” 30.12 Sagittarius