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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW 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 AW Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 11h 10m 40s and the Declination is +05° 21’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 31.09 (JPL).

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

11h 10m 40s
+05° 21’ 34”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW 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 AW in Leo on October, 19 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW in Leo on October, 19 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW from Earth is currently 221,377,190 kilometers, equivalent to 1.479815 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 18.4348 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW and arrive to us.

12 minutes and 18.4348 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW to Earth happens on Wed Jan 19 2028 at a distance of 0.010851 Astronomical Units, or 1,623,281 kilometers:

Wed Jan 19 2028

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 31.09.


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

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

Azimuth: 84.3°
Max altitude: 44.1°
Azimuth: 275.5°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23475164
Orbit inclination i 0.31197859°
Perihelion distance q 0.61785978 AU
92,430,507 km
Aphelion distance Q 0.99693566 AU
149,139,453 km
Semi-major axis a 0.80739772 AU
120,784,980 km
Orbital period period 0.7300 years
264.9901 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Aug-18 13:13:46
2,458,714.0512 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-May-09 12:59
2,458,979.0414 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 309.67788479724°
Longitude of the ascending node node 328.13829678745°
Mean anomaly M 205.73598106648°
Mean motion n 1.35854114°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW Orbit

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

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW 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 AW in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 12 10h 41m 22s +08° 23’ 47” 31.13 Leo
2020 Oct 13 10h 45m 02s +08° 01’ 27” 31.13 Leo
2020 Oct 14 10h 48m 43s +07° 38’ 57” 31.12 Leo
2020 Oct 15 10h 52m 24s +07° 16’ 14” 31.11 Leo
2020 Oct 16 10h 56m 07s +06° 53’ 18” 31.11 Leo
2020 Oct 17 10h 59m 48s +06° 30’ 11” 31.10 Leo
2020 Oct 18 11h 03m 32s +06° 06’ 52” 31.10 Leo
2020 Oct 19 11h 07m 14s +05° 43’ 22” 31.09 Leo
2020 Oct 20 11h 10m 59s +05° 19’ 41” 31.09 Leo
2020 Oct 21 11h 14m 43s +04° 55’ 47” 31.08 Leo
2020 Oct 22 11h 18m 28s +04° 31’ 45” 31.07 Leo
2020 Oct 23 11h 22m 14s +04° 07’ 31” 31.07 Leo
2020 Oct 24 11h 26m 00s +03° 43’ 06” 31.06 Leo
2020 Oct 25 11h 29m 48s +03° 18’ 32” 31.05 Leo