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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC 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 DC Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC is 18h 38m 25s and the Declination is -22° 31’ 12” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC is 31.16 (JPL).

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

18h 38m 25s
-22° 31’ 12”
Sagittarius
31.16
  • 2020 DC is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 DC is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 DC rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC 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 DC in Sagittarius on October, 25 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC in Sagittarius on October, 25 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 DC Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC from Earth is currently 326,914,823 kilometers, equivalent to 2.185291 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 10.4705 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC and arrive to us.

326,914,823
2.185291
18 minutes and 10.4705 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC to Earth happens on Sun Mar 6 2022 at a distance of 0.009942 Astronomical Units, or 1,487,369 kilometers:

Sun Mar 6 2022
1,487,369
0.009942

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC is 31.16.

31.16

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

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

Azimuth: 112.5°
Max altitude: 16.0°
Azimuth: 247.5°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37118323
Orbit inclination i 0.91552333°
Perihelion distance q 1.00022065 AU
149,630,880 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.18105791 AU
326,281,620 km
Semi-major axis a 1.59063928 AU
237,956,250 km
Orbital period period 2.0100 years
732.7503 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Feb-25 23:07:04
2,458,905.4632 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Feb-27 17:07
2,459,638.2135 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 343.71706014663°
Longitude of the ascending node node 173.88118393634°
Mean anomaly M 46.691529539587°
Mean motion n 0.49129972°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 DC Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 18 18h 23m 00s -22° 39’ 38” 31.06 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 19 18h 24m 57s -22° 38’ 53” 31.07 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 20 18h 26m 56s -22° 38’ 03” 31.09 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 21 18h 28m 54s -22° 37’ 05” 31.10 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 22 18h 30m 52s -22° 36’ 02” 31.11 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 23 18h 32m 50s -22° 34’ 54” 31.12 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 24 18h 34m 50s -22° 33’ 39” 31.14 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 25 18h 36m 48s -22° 32’ 18” 31.15 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 26 18h 38m 47s -22° 30’ 52” 31.16 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 27 18h 40m 45s -22° 29’ 20” 31.17 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 28 18h 42m 44s -22° 27’ 42” 31.18 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 29 18h 44m 44s -22° 25’ 57” 31.19 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 30 18h 46m 42s -22° 24’ 06” 31.20 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 31 18h 48m 42s -22° 22’ 09” 31.22 Sagittarius