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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU is 02h 38m 57s and the Declination is -15° 09’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU is 27.00 (JPL).

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02h 38m 57s
-15° 09’ 27”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU 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 KU in Cetus on May, 31 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU in Cetus on May, 31 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 KU Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU from Earth is currently 4,718,530 kilometers, equivalent to 0.031541 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15.7393 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU and arrive to us.

15.7393 seconds

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

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU to Earth happens on Sat May 23 2020 at a distance of 0.00281364 Astronomical Units, or 420,915 kilometers:

Sat May 23 2020

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU is 27.00.


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

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

Azimuth: 105.1°
Max altitude: 23.3°
Azimuth: 254.8°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU at epoch 17 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458987.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.27393603
Orbit inclination i 6.30127723°
Perihelion distance q 0.95842177 AU
143,377,857 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.68162596 AU
251,567,663 km
Semi-major axis a 1.32002387 AU
197,472,760 km
Orbital period period 1.5200 years
553.9507 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jun-28 11:35:02
2,459,028.9827 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 220.50637198389°
Longitude of the ascending node node 63.277217968436°
Mean anomaly M 333.04135345603°
Mean motion n 0.64987735°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 KU Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 May 24 00h 25m 44s +01° 44’ 36” 22.00 Pisces
2020 May 25 01h 40m 18s -08° 16’ 45” 24.00 Cetus
2020 May 26 02h 06m 24s -11° 32’ 18” 25.00 Cetus
2020 May 27 02h 19m 20s -13° 04’ 00” 26.00 Cetus
2020 May 28 02h 27m 05s -13° 56’ 02” 26.00 Cetus
2020 May 29 02h 32m 13s -14° 28’ 50” 27.00 Cetus
2020 May 30 02h 35m 54s -14° 50’ 45” 27.00 Cetus
2020 May 31 02h 38m 43s -15° 05’ 54” 27.00 Cetus
2020 Jun 01 02h 40m 55s -15° 16’ 27” 27.00 Cetus
2020 Jun 02 02h 42m 43s -15° 23’ 41” 27.00 Cetus
2020 Jun 03 02h 44m 16s -15° 28’ 24” 28.00 Cetus
2020 Jun 04 02h 45m 35s -15° 31’ 09” 28.00 Eridanus
2020 Jun 05 02h 46m 46s -15° 32’ 18” 28.00 Eridanus
2020 Jun 06 02h 47m 52s -15° 32’ 08” 28.00 Eridanus