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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:14 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 20:58
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6

Above the horizon.  Rise: 6:29 | Tran: 13:56 | Set: 21:22
Alt: 50.14°   Az: 142.32°   Direction: South-East
Please note: this information pertains to a Near-Earth Object (NEO). During close approaches, our current computational model is not able to provide an accurate position, due to the high speeds of these objects. We plan to refine our algorithms to improve accuracy in the future. JPL Horizons can compute precise positions in these situations.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 is in the constellation of Cancer, at a distance of 289,362,797.0 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension is 09h 07m 11s and the Declination is +16° 32’ 23” (apparent coordinates). The magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 is 30.95 (data provided by JPL Horizons).

Finder chart of 2020 SN6 in Cancer on July,24 2024
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 in Cancer on July, 24 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Celestial Coordinates


09h 07m 11s
+16° 32’ 23”
22h 23m 31s
07h 30m 43s


09h 05m 49s
+16° 38’ 21”

Additional Information


Rise and Set Times

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 73.4°
Max altitude: 55.0°
Azimuth: 286.4°
  • 2020 SN6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-East direction at an altitude of 50.14° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 SN6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Finder Charts

Finder chart of 2020 SN6
Sky map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 in Cancer on July, 24 2024. Field of view: 10x6 degrees. View in interactive sky chart

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 from Earth is currently 289,362,797.0 kilometers, equivalent to 1.9342708265 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16m 5.210s to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 and arrive to us.

16m 5.210s

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 to Earth happens on Mon Oct 4 2027 at a distance of 0.012202 Astronomical Units, or 1,825,448 kilometers:

Mon Oct 4 2027

Light Curve

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 as a function of time

Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 at epoch 12 September 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21297625
Orbit inclination i 0.03001670°
Perihelion distance q 0.87251492 AU
130,526,375 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.34473690 AU
201,169,778 km
Semi-major axis a 1.10862591 AU
165,848,076 km
Orbital period period 1.1673 years
426.3595 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Apr-03 23:24:16
2,460,038.4752 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Jun-03 08:01
2,460,464.8347 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 346.70215205642°
Longitude of the ascending node node 96.778391476726°
Mean anomaly M 136.8069210722°
Mean motion n 0.84435783°/day

Orbit Visualization

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6
View Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SN6 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Apparent celestial coordinates are provided.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2024 Jul 17 08h 35m 26s +18° 39’ 41” 30.87 Cancer
2024 Jul 18 08h 39m 45s +18° 23’ 38” 30.88 Cancer
2024 Jul 19 08h 44m 04s +18° 07’ 15” 30.89 Cancer
2024 Jul 20 08h 48m 21s +17° 50’ 34” 30.90 Cancer
2024 Jul 21 08h 52m 37s +17° 33’ 34” 30.92 Cancer
2024 Jul 22 08h 56m 50s +17° 16’ 18” 30.93 Cancer
2024 Jul 23 09h 01m 02s +16° 58’ 44” 30.94 Cancer
2024 Jul 24 09h 05m 13s +16° 40’ 54” 30.95 Cancer
2024 Jul 25 09h 09m 23s +16° 22’ 49” 30.96 Cancer
2024 Jul 26 09h 13m 30s +16° 04’ 28” 30.97 Cancer
2024 Jul 27 09h 17m 36s +15° 45’ 53” 30.99 Cancer
2024 Jul 28 09h 21m 41s +15° 27’ 03” 31.00 Cancer
2024 Jul 29 09h 25m 45s +15° 08’ 01” 31.01 Leo
2024 Jul 30 09h 29m 46s +14° 48’ 45” 31.02 Leo

Additional Resources