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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO 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 SO Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO is 02h 54m 21s and the Declination is +08° 10’ 13” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO is 19.97 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO [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]:

02h 54m 21s
+08° 10’ 13”
Cetus
19.97

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO 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 SO in Cetus on January, 18 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO in Cetus on January, 18 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 SO?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO from Earth is currently 1,037,043 kilometers, equivalent to 0.006932 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3.4592 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO and arrive to us.

1,037,043
0.006932
3.4592 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO to Earth happens on Tue Feb 2 2021 at a distance of 0.001505 Astronomical Units, or 225,164 kilometers:

Tue Feb 2 2021
225,164
0.001505

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO is 19.97.

19.97

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

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

Azimuth: 81.4°
Max altitude: 47.4°
Azimuth: 278.3°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.03385729
Orbit inclination i 0.14055018°
Perihelion distance q 1.00197356 AU
149,893,111 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.07219943 AU
160,398,752 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03708649 AU
155,145,931 km
Orbital period period 1.0600 years
385.7633 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Nov-20 06:23:14
2,458,807.7661 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Dec-10 00:42
2,459,193.5294 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 331.31907238797°
Longitude of the ascending node node 105.9629073°
Mean anomaly M 179.86208099176°
Mean motion n 0.93321478°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SO Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 11 02h 20m 17s +03° 34’ 14” 20.39 Cetus
2021 Jan 12 02h 24m 02s +04° 08’ 17” 20.36 Cetus
2021 Jan 13 02h 28m 01s +04° 43’ 55” 20.31 Cetus
2021 Jan 14 02h 32m 15s +05° 21’ 20” 20.27 Cetus
2021 Jan 15 02h 36m 44s +06° 00’ 43” 20.21 Cetus
2021 Jan 16 02h 41m 34s +06° 42’ 15” 20.15 Cetus
2021 Jan 17 02h 46m 42s +07° 26’ 12” 20.08 Cetus
2021 Jan 18 02h 52m 15s +08° 12’ 48” 20.00 Cetus
2021 Jan 19 02h 58m 17s +09° 02’ 26” 19.91 Cetus
2021 Jan 20 03h 04m 49s +09° 55’ 27” 19.81 Cetus
2021 Jan 21 03h 11m 58s +10° 52’ 22” 19.69 Aries
2021 Jan 22 03h 19m 53s +11° 53’ 48” 19.56 Aries
2021 Jan 23 03h 28m 41s +13° 00’ 30” 19.41 Taurus
2021 Jan 24 03h 38m 39s +14° 13’ 29” 19.24 Taurus