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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 is 22h 42m 34s and the Declination is -09° 19’ 02” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 is 33.74 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 [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]:

22h 42m 34s
-09° 19’ 02”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 in Aquarius on May, 17 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 in Aquarius on May, 17 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = 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) 2020 AP1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 from Earth is currently 282,455,302 kilometers, equivalent to 1.888097 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15 minutes and 42.1695 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 and arrive to us.

15 minutes and 42.1695 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 to Earth happens on Fri Jan 7 2022 at a distance of 0.011657 Astronomical Units, or 1,743,802 kilometers:

Fri Jan 7 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 is 33.74.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1, 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) 2020 AP1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 99.4°
Max altitude: 29.1°
Azimuth: 260.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.38245506
Orbit inclination i 2.25650166°
Perihelion distance q 0.98103623 AU
146,760,931 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.19617782 AU
328,543,525 km
Semi-major axis a 1.58860702 AU
237,652,228 km
Orbital period period 2.0000 years
731.3464 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-24 20:58:48
2,458,842.3742 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Dec-25 05:17
2,459,573.7206 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 349.73189522504°
Longitude of the ascending node node 101.22968676907°
Mean anomaly M 77.836296965503°
Mean motion n 0.49224278°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 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) 2020 AP1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AP1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 10 22h 29m 32s -10° 27’ 45” 33.87 Aquarius
2021 May 11 22h 31m 14s -10° 18’ 56” 33.85 Aquarius
2021 May 12 22h 32m 53s -10° 10’ 08” 33.84 Aquarius
2021 May 13 22h 34m 35s -10° 01’ 18” 33.82 Aquarius
2021 May 14 22h 36m 15s -09° 52’ 29” 33.81 Aquarius
2021 May 15 22h 37m 54s -09° 43’ 41” 33.79 Aquarius
2021 May 16 22h 39m 34s -09° 34’ 54” 33.78 Aquarius
2021 May 17 22h 41m 13s -09° 26’ 06” 33.76 Aquarius
2021 May 18 22h 42m 52s -09° 17’ 17” 33.74 Aquarius
2021 May 19 22h 44m 31s -09° 08’ 30” 33.73 Aquarius
2021 May 20 22h 46m 10s -08° 59’ 44” 33.71 Aquarius
2021 May 21 22h 47m 48s -08° 50’ 58” 33.69 Aquarius
2021 May 22 22h 49m 27s -08° 42’ 12” 33.67 Aquarius
2021 May 23 22h 51m 05s -08° 33’ 28” 33.66 Aquarius