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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ 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 SQ Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is currently in the constellation of Aquila. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 19h 29m 57s and the Declination is -09° 02’ 28” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 27.44 (JPL).

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

19h 29m 57s
-09° 02’ 28”
  • 2020 SQ is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 26° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 SQ is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 SQ rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ 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 SQ in Aquila on May, 15 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ in Aquila on May, 15 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 SQ?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ from Earth is currently 56,311,385 kilometers, equivalent to 0.376418 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3 minutes and 7.8346 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ and arrive to us.

3 minutes and 7.8346 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ to Earth happens on Mon Mar 21 2022 at a distance of 0.007002 Astronomical Units, or 1,047,411 kilometers:

Mon Mar 21 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 27.44.


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

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

Azimuth: 98.9°
Max altitude: 29.5°
Azimuth: 261.0°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21034345
Orbit inclination i 4.09259560°
Perihelion distance q 0.83451519 AU
124,841,696 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.27910037 AU
191,350,692 km
Semi-major axis a 1.05680778 AU
158,096,194 km
Orbital period period 1.0900 years
396.8190 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-11 08:09:50
2,459,194.8402 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Jan-12 03:49
2,459,591.6591 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 278.52362631429°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.630080568°
Mean anomaly M 183.69174986234°
Mean motion n 0.90721469°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 08 19h 28m 21s -10° 26’ 39” 27.67 Aquila
2021 May 09 19h 28m 46s -10° 14’ 48” 27.64 Aquila
2021 May 10 19h 29m 08s -10° 03’ 01” 27.61 Aquila
2021 May 11 19h 29m 26s -09° 51’ 15” 27.58 Aquila
2021 May 12 19h 29m 39s -09° 39’ 33” 27.55 Aquila
2021 May 13 19h 29m 49s -09° 27’ 53” 27.52 Aquila
2021 May 14 19h 29m 56s -09° 16’ 18” 27.48 Aquila
2021 May 15 19h 29m 58s -09° 04’ 48” 27.45 Aquila
2021 May 16 19h 29m 56s -08° 53’ 22” 27.41 Aquila
2021 May 17 19h 29m 49s -08° 42’ 02” 27.38 Aquila
2021 May 18 19h 29m 39s -08° 30’ 47” 27.34 Aquila
2021 May 19 19h 29m 25s -08° 19’ 40” 27.31 Aquila
2021 May 20 19h 29m 05s -08° 08’ 39” 27.27 Aquila
2021 May 21 19h 28m 41s -07° 57’ 47” 27.24 Aquila