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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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 Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 16h 30m 28s and the Declination is -22° 02’ 43” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 30.09 (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]:

16h 30m 28s
-22° 02’ 43”
  • 2020 AW is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 13° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 AW is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 AW rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW available on TheSkyLive:

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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 Ophiucus on January, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW in Ophiucus on January, 29 2023
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) 2020 AW?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW from Earth is currently 79,209,903 kilometers, equivalent to 0.529485 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 24.2158 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 24.2158 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 Tue Jan 18 2028 at a distance of 0.009357 Astronomical Units, or 1,399,802 kilometers:

Tue Jan 18 2028

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW is 30.09.


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: 112.0°
Max altitude: 16.5°
Azimuth: 247.9°

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 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23392628
Orbit inclination i 0.35638139°
Perihelion distance q 0.61914276 AU
92,622,438 km
Aphelion distance Q 0.99726241 AU
149,188,333 km
Semi-major axis a 0.80820258 AU
120,905,386 km
Orbital period period 0.7266 years
265.3865 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Apr-05 10:32:03
2,460,039.9389 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 315.70731121071°
Longitude of the ascending node node 321.21040573829°
Mean anomaly M 306.50060150157°
Mean motion n 1.35651226°/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
View Asteroid (NEO) 2020 AW in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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
2023 Jan 22 15h 44m 32s -19° 55’ 15” 30.01 Libra
2023 Jan 23 15h 50m 36s -20° 14’ 58” 30.02 Libra
2023 Jan 24 15h 56m 44s -20° 33’ 56” 30.03 Scorpius
2023 Jan 25 16h 02m 54s -20° 52’ 09” 30.04 Scorpius
2023 Jan 26 16h 09m 06s -21° 09’ 34” 30.05 Scorpius
2023 Jan 27 16h 15m 21s -21° 26’ 09” 30.06 Scorpius
2023 Jan 28 16h 21m 38s -21° 41’ 54” 30.08 Scorpius
2023 Jan 29 16h 27m 56s -21° 56’ 45” 30.09 Ophiucus
2023 Jan 30 16h 34m 17s -22° 10’ 44” 30.10 Ophiucus
2023 Jan 31 16h 40m 37s -22° 23’ 47” 30.11 Ophiucus
2023 Feb 01 16h 47m 02s -22° 35’ 53” 30.12 Ophiucus
2023 Feb 02 16h 53m 26s -22° 47’ 03” 30.13 Ophiucus
2023 Feb 03 16h 59m 50s -22° 57’ 14” 30.15 Ophiucus
2023 Feb 04 17h 06m 16s -23° 06’ 25” 30.16 Ophiucus