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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 Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 21h 08m 29s and the Declination is -20° 45’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 is 29.13 (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]:

21h 08m 29s
-20° 45’ 41”
  • 2020 KQ4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 7° 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 Capricornus on November, 30 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 in Capricornus on November, 30 2021
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 181,641,358 kilometers, equivalent to 1.214197 Astronomical Units. Light takes 10 minutes and 5.8904 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KQ4 and arrive to us.

10 minutes and 5.8904 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 29.13.


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: 110.8°
Max altitude: 17.8°
Azimuth: 249.3°

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
2021 Nov 23 20h 44m 04s -22° 45’ 51” 29.09 Capricornus
2021 Nov 24 20h 47m 21s -22° 30’ 37” 29.10 Capricornus
2021 Nov 25 20h 50m 35s -22° 15’ 10” 29.10 Capricornus
2021 Nov 26 20h 53m 51s -21° 59’ 30” 29.11 Capricornus
2021 Nov 27 20h 57m 05s -21° 43’ 37” 29.11 Capricornus
2021 Nov 28 21h 00m 17s -21° 27’ 33” 29.12 Capricornus
2021 Nov 29 21h 03m 30s -21° 11’ 17” 29.12 Capricornus
2021 Nov 30 21h 06m 42s -20° 54’ 51” 29.13 Capricornus
2021 Dec 01 21h 09m 53s -20° 38’ 11” 29.13 Capricornus
2021 Dec 02 21h 13m 05s -20° 21’ 20” 29.14 Capricornus
2021 Dec 03 21h 16m 14s -20° 04’ 18” 29.14 Capricornus
2021 Dec 04 21h 19m 24s -19° 47’ 06” 29.14 Capricornus
2021 Dec 05 21h 22m 33s -19° 29’ 42” 29.15 Capricornus
2021 Dec 06 21h 25m 41s -19° 12’ 07” 29.15 Capricornus