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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is currently in the constellation of Scorpius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 16h 09m 44s and the Declination is -24° 24’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 29.16 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 [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 09m 44s
-24° 24’ 50”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 in Scorpius on October, 02 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 in Scorpius on October, 02 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 KQ4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 from Earth is currently 197,275,867 kilometers, equivalent to 1.318708 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 58.0415 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 58.0415 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 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 KQ4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 to Earth happens on Sat May 24 2031 at a distance of 0.009566 Astronomical Units, or 1,431,050 kilometers:

Sat May 24 2031

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 29.16.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4, 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 KQ4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 114.5°
Max altitude: 14.0°
Azimuth: 245.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13271703
Orbit inclination i 4.89681038°
Perihelion distance q 0.92417765 AU
138,255,008 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.20702445 AU
180,568,288 km
Semi-major axis a 1.06560105 AU
159,411,648 km
Orbital period period 1.1000 years
401.7819 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-May-29 14:33:26
2,459,729.1066 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jul-05 09:19
2,460,130.8885 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 106.81241449852°
Longitude of the ascending node node 60.353382356358°
Mean anomaly M 244.76743119182°
Mean motion n 0.89600847°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 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 KQ4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Sep 25 15h 41m 35s -22° 48’ 50” 29.12 Libra
2022 Sep 26 15h 45m 33s -23° 03’ 41” 29.13 Libra
2022 Sep 27 15h 49m 32s -23° 18’ 07” 29.13 Scorpius
2022 Sep 28 15h 53m 31s -23° 32’ 09” 29.14 Scorpius
2022 Sep 29 15h 57m 32s -23° 45’ 47” 29.15 Scorpius
2022 Sep 30 16h 01m 32s -23° 58’ 59” 29.15 Scorpius
2022 Oct 01 16h 05m 31s -24° 11’ 45” 29.16 Scorpius
2022 Oct 02 16h 09m 32s -24° 24’ 07” 29.16 Scorpius
2022 Oct 03 16h 13m 32s -24° 36’ 03” 29.17 Scorpius
2022 Oct 04 16h 17m 33s -24° 47’ 35” 29.17 Scorpius
2022 Oct 05 16h 21m 33s -24° 58’ 40” 29.18 Scorpius
2022 Oct 06 16h 25m 33s -25° 09’ 19” 29.19 Scorpius
2022 Oct 07 16h 29m 35s -25° 19’ 32” 29.19 Scorpius
2022 Oct 08 16h 33m 35s -25° 29’ 20” 29.20 Scorpius