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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 Libra. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 15h 04m 46s and the Declination is -17° 10’ 30” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 31.16 (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]:

15h 04m 46s
-17° 10’ 30”
  • 2018 QE is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 17° 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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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 Libra on January, 25 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE in Libra on January, 25 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 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 229,542,592 kilometers, equivalent to 1.534397 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 45.6717 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 45.6717 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 0.004567 Astronomical Units, or 683,234 kilometers:

Wed Oct 9 2024

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 QE is 31.16.


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: 107.2°
Max altitude: 21.3°
Azimuth: 252.8°

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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.24653948
Orbit inclination i 0.18263670°
Perihelion distance q 0.98966820 AU
148,052,256 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.63732599 AU
244,940,483 km
Semi-major axis a 1.31349710 AU
196,496,370 km
Orbital period period 1.5100 years
549.8473 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Mar-19 07:53:00
2,458,927.8285 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Sep-20 04:13
2,459,477.6758 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 249.45597078422°
Longitude of the ascending node node 107.69021942561°
Mean anomaly M 47.580026569981°
Mean motion n 0.65472722°/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
2021 Jan 18 14h 49m 17s -16° 04’ 54” 31.24 Libra
2021 Jan 19 14h 51m 26s -16° 14’ 18” 31.23 Libra
2021 Jan 20 14h 53m 35s -16° 23’ 36” 31.22 Libra
2021 Jan 21 14h 55m 45s -16° 32’ 49” 31.21 Libra
2021 Jan 22 14h 57m 53s -16° 41’ 57” 31.19 Libra
2021 Jan 23 15h 00m 02s -16° 50’ 57” 31.18 Libra
2021 Jan 24 15h 02m 12s -16° 59’ 50” 31.17 Libra
2021 Jan 25 15h 04m 19s -17° 08’ 39” 31.16 Libra
2021 Jan 26 15h 06m 29s -17° 17’ 21” 31.14 Libra
2021 Jan 27 15h 08m 38s -17° 25’ 55” 31.13 Libra
2021 Jan 28 15h 10m 45s -17° 34’ 24” 31.11 Libra
2021 Jan 29 15h 12m 55s -17° 42’ 47” 31.10 Libra
2021 Jan 30 15h 15m 03s -17° 51’ 03” 31.09 Libra
2021 Jan 31 15h 17m 12s -17° 59’ 13” 31.07 Libra