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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 Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 21h 36m 47s and the Declination is -20° 17’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 28.58 (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]:

21h 36m 47s
-20° 17’ 53”

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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ available on TheSkyLive:

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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 Capricornus on December, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ in Capricornus on December, 08 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 70,863,578 kilometers, equivalent to 0.473694 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3 minutes and 56.3755 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ and arrive to us.

3 minutes and 56.3755 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 0.007136 Astronomical Units, or 1,067,501 kilometers:

Mon Mar 21 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 SQ is 28.58.


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: 110.3°
Max altitude: 18.3°
Azimuth: 249.8°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21080991
Orbit inclination i 3.98910479°
Perihelion distance q 0.83515910 AU
124,938,023 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.28133758 AU
191,685,374 km
Semi-major axis a 1.05824834 AU
158,311,699 km
Orbital period period 1.0887 years
397.6306 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jan-12 12:22:04
2,459,592.0153 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 278.45269915749°
Longitude of the ascending node node 177.2736404332°
Mean anomaly M 7.681709956706°
Mean motion n 0.90536287°/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 Dec 01 21h 14m 43s -20° 59’ 26” 28.61 Capricornus
2021 Dec 02 21h 17m 48s -20° 54’ 01” 28.61 Capricornus
2021 Dec 03 21h 20m 53s -20° 48’ 27” 28.60 Capricornus
2021 Dec 04 21h 23m 57s -20° 42’ 44” 28.60 Capricornus
2021 Dec 05 21h 27m 02s -20° 36’ 55” 28.60 Capricornus
2021 Dec 06 21h 30m 07s -20° 30’ 57” 28.59 Capricornus
2021 Dec 07 21h 33m 12s -20° 24’ 55” 28.59 Capricornus
2021 Dec 08 21h 36m 16s -20° 18’ 45” 28.58 Capricornus
2021 Dec 09 21h 39m 20s -20° 12’ 29” 28.58 Capricornus
2021 Dec 10 21h 42m 24s -20° 06’ 07” 28.58 Capricornus
2021 Dec 11 21h 45m 29s -19° 59’ 42” 28.57 Capricornus
2021 Dec 12 21h 48m 32s -19° 53’ 11” 28.57 Capricornus
2021 Dec 13 21h 51m 34s -19° 46’ 35” 28.57 Capricornus
2021 Dec 14 21h 54m 37s -19° 39’ 56” 28.57 Capricornus