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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 Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 07h 25m 14s and the Declination is +25° 31’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 28.77 (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]:

07h 25m 14s
+25° 31’ 27”
Gemini
28.77
  • 2020 KQ4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 59° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 KQ4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 KQ4 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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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 Gemini on May, 24 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 in Gemini on May, 24 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 190,064,824 kilometers, equivalent to 1.270505 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 33.9880 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 and arrive to us.

190,064,824
1.270505
10 minutes and 33.9880 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
1,431,050
0.009566

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 28.77.

28.77

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: 64.4°
Max altitude: 64.1°
Azimuth: 295.5°

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 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.13270370
Orbit inclination i 4.89689294°
Perihelion distance q 0.92414939 AU
138,250,781 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.20695479 AU
180,557,867 km
Semi-major axis a 1.06555209 AU
159,404,324 km
Orbital period period 1.1000 years
401.7542 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Apr-22 18:54:00
2,459,327.2875 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-May-29 13:00
2,459,729.0417 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 106.78284975904°
Longitude of the ascending node node 60.359947591102°
Mean anomaly M 246.3894907766°
Mean motion n 0.89607022°/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 May 17 06h 49m 55s +26° 27’ 52” 28.78 Gemini
2022 May 18 06h 54m 30s +26° 22’ 27” 28.78 Gemini
2022 May 19 06h 59m 07s +26° 16’ 27” 28.78 Gemini
2022 May 20 07h 03m 42s +26° 09’ 53” 28.78 Gemini
2022 May 21 07h 08m 17s +26° 02’ 45” 28.78 Gemini
2022 May 22 07h 12m 52s +25° 55’ 05” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 23 07h 17m 27s +25° 46’ 49” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 24 07h 22m 02s +25° 37’ 59” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 25 07h 26m 38s +25° 28’ 36” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 26 07h 31m 11s +25° 18’ 38” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 27 07h 35m 45s +25° 08’ 08” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 28 07h 40m 19s +24° 57’ 05” 28.77 Gemini
2022 May 29 07h 44m 53s +24° 45’ 28” 28.76 Gemini
2022 May 30 07h 49m 26s +24° 33’ 19” 28.76 Gemini