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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH 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 WH Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is 12h 48m 16s and the Declination is -06° 11’ 13” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is 33.36 (JPL).

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

12h 48m 16s
-06° 11’ 13”
Virgo
33.36

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH 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 WH in Virgo on October, 23 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH in Virgo on October, 23 2020
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 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 from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH from Earth is currently 368,688,690 kilometers, equivalent to 2.464532 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 29.8131 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH and arrive to us.

368,688,690
2.464532
20 minutes and 29.8131 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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH to Earth happens on Wed Nov 16 2022 at a distance of 0.006543 Astronomical Units, or 978,828 kilometers:

Wed Nov 16 2022
978,828
0.006543

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 WH is 33.36.

33.36

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: 96.2°
Max altitude: 32.2°
Azimuth: 263.6°

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.27624182
Orbit inclination i 1.88942886°
Perihelion distance q 0.87691155 AU
131,184,101 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.54630541 AU
231,323,997 km
Semi-major axis a 1.21160848 AU
181,254,049 km
Orbital period period 1.3300 years
487.1266 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-27 20:11:58
2,458,876.3416 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-May-28 23:14
2,459,363.4683 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 116.68926550142°
Longitude of the ascending node node 235.12782156062°
Mean anomaly M 91.756442791485°
Mean motion n 0.73902753°/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 Oct 16 12h 31m 10s -04° 24’ 38” 33.32 Virgo
2020 Oct 17 12h 33m 37s -04° 39’ 52” 33.33 Virgo
2020 Oct 18 12h 36m 02s -04° 55’ 06” 33.33 Virgo
2020 Oct 19 12h 38m 27s -05° 10’ 19” 33.34 Virgo
2020 Oct 20 12h 40m 54s -05° 25’ 31” 33.34 Virgo
2020 Oct 21 12h 43m 19s -05° 40’ 41” 33.35 Virgo
2020 Oct 22 12h 45m 47s -05° 55’ 50” 33.35 Virgo
2020 Oct 23 12h 48m 14s -06° 10’ 58” 33.36 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 12h 50m 40s -06° 26’ 04” 33.36 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 12h 53m 08s -06° 41’ 08” 33.36 Virgo
2020 Oct 26 12h 55m 36s -06° 56’ 12” 33.37 Virgo
2020 Oct 27 12h 58m 04s -07° 11’ 12” 33.37 Virgo
2020 Oct 28 13h 00m 32s -07° 26’ 12” 33.37 Virgo
2020 Oct 29 13h 03m 00s -07° 41’ 09” 33.38 Virgo