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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD 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 FD Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD is 11h 04m 32s and the Declination is +06° 20’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD is 30.98 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD [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 04m 32s
+06° 20’ 35”
Leo
30.98
  • 2020 FD is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 23° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 FD is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 FD rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD 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 FD in Leo on October, 03 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD in Leo on October, 03 2022
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 FD?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD from Earth is currently 326,057,355 kilometers, equivalent to 2.179559 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 7.6103 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD and arrive to us.

326,057,355
2.179559
18 minutes and 7.6103 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD to Earth happens on Mon Mar 18 2024 at a distance of 0.011615 Astronomical Units, or 1,737,599 kilometers:

Mon Mar 18 2024
1,737,599
0.011615

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD is 30.98.

30.98

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

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

Azimuth: 83.5°
Max altitude: 44.9°
Azimuth: 276.3°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.48611478
Orbit inclination i 1.17353060°
Perihelion distance q 0.62270954 AU
93,156,021 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.80082597 AU
269,399,732 km
Semi-major axis a 1.21176776 AU
181,277,876 km
Orbital period period 1.3339 years
487.2227 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Sep-14 00:53:22
2,459,471.5371 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jan-14 06:14
2,459,958.7598 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 278.03259982757°
Longitude of the ascending node node 358.08915141121°
Mean anomaly M 95.288364199852°
Mean motion n 0.73888183°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 FD Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 26 10h 43m 23s +08° 33’ 07” 31.08 Leo
2022 Sep 27 10h 46m 06s +08° 16’ 15” 31.07 Leo
2022 Sep 28 10h 48m 52s +07° 59’ 12” 31.05 Leo
2022 Sep 29 10h 51m 38s +07° 42’ 00” 31.04 Leo
2022 Sep 30 10h 54m 25s +07° 24’ 36” 31.03 Leo
2022 Oct 01 10h 57m 12s +07° 07’ 01” 31.02 Leo
2022 Oct 02 11h 00m 02s +06° 49’ 18” 31.01 Leo
2022 Oct 03 11h 02m 52s +06° 31’ 23” 30.99 Leo
2022 Oct 04 11h 05m 42s +06° 13’ 17” 30.98 Leo
2022 Oct 05 11h 08m 33s +05° 55’ 00” 30.97 Leo
2022 Oct 06 11h 11m 26s +05° 36’ 33” 30.96 Leo
2022 Oct 07 11h 14m 18s +05° 17’ 56” 30.94 Leo
2022 Oct 08 11h 17m 12s +04° 59’ 08” 30.93 Leo
2022 Oct 09 11h 20m 08s +04° 40’ 08” 30.91 Leo