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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 21h 21m 42s and the Declination is -14° 28’ 10”.

21h 21m 42s
-14° 28’ 10”

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

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH in Capricornus on January, 19 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH Distance

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH from Earth is currently 260,489,672 kilometers, equivalent to 1.741266 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 28.9000 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 28.9000 seconds

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

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH to Earth happens on Fri Nov 16 2018 at a distance of 0.00166411 Astronomical Units, or 248,948 kilometers:

Fri Nov 16 2018

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is 31.80.


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

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

Azimuth: 104.5°
Max altitude: 24.1°
Azimuth: 255.6°
Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is above 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 WH 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 WH Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.27627291
Orbit inclination i 1.88950706°
Perihelion distance q 0.87684760 AU
131,174,535 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.54629676 AU
231,322,703 km
Semi-major axis a 1.21157218 AU
181,248,619 km
Orbital period period 1.3300 years
487.1048 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Sep-27 17:51:37
2,458,389.2442 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Jan-27 20:22
2,458,876.3489 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 116.69812139056°
Longitude of the ascending node node 235.129882599°
Mean anomaly M 156.13088451942°
Mean motion n 0.73906074°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 12 20h 47m 33s -16° 54’ 02” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 13 20h 52m 09s -16° 35’ 48” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 14 20h 56m 44s -16° 17’ 07” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 15 21h 01m 19s -15° 58’ 00” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 16 21h 05m 54s -15° 38’ 30” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 17 21h 10m 30s -15° 18’ 38” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 18 21h 15m 03s -14° 58’ 21” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 19 21h 19m 37s -14° 37’ 41” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 20 21h 24m 11s -14° 16’ 38” 31.80 Aquarius
2020 Jan 21 21h 28m 45s -13° 55’ 14” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 22 21h 33m 19s -13° 33’ 30” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 23 21h 37m 51s -13° 11’ 25” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 24 21h 42m 24s -12° 49’ 00” 31.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 25 21h 46m 55s -12° 26’ 16” 31.80 Capricornus