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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 is 01h 15m 04s and the Declination is +13° 42’ 27” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 is 21.99 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 [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]:

01h 15m 04s
+13° 42’ 27”
  • 2020 TA6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 36° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 TA6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 TA6 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 in Pisces on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 in Pisces on October, 21 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]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 from Earth is currently 12,994,084 kilometers, equivalent to 0.086860 Astronomical Units. Light takes 43.3436 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 and arrive to us.

43.3436 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 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 TA6 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 to Earth happens on Sun Oct 11 2020 at a distance of 0.021073 Astronomical Units, or 3,152,404 kilometers:

Sun Oct 11 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 is 21.99.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6, 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 TA6 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 76.5°
Max altitude: 52.4°
Azimuth: 283.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 at epoch 14 October 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459137.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.52003073
Orbit inclination i 6.47498781°
Perihelion distance q 0.84289316 AU
126,095,023 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.66938655 AU
399,334,545 km
Semi-major axis a 1.75613986 AU
262,714,784 km
Orbital period period 2.3300 years
850.0355 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-30 05:04:04
2,459,091.7112 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Dec-28 05:55
2,459,941.7467 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 294.6266641469°
Longitude of the ascending node node 24.330987529159°
Mean anomaly M 19.392106596017°
Mean motion n 0.42351171°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TA6 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 TA6 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 00h 30m 21s -13° 48’ 03” 20.18 Cetus
2020 Oct 15 00h 43m 22s -05° 50’ 30” 20.35 Cetus
2020 Oct 16 00h 52m 15s -00° 13’ 27” 20.56 Cetus
2020 Oct 17 00h 58m 45s +03° 51’ 33” 20.78 Pisces
2020 Oct 18 01h 03m 39s +06° 55’ 27” 21.02 Pisces
2020 Oct 19 01h 07m 32s +09° 17’ 29” 21.28 Pisces
2020 Oct 20 01h 10m 39s +11° 09’ 52” 21.54 Pisces
2020 Oct 21 01h 13m 13s +12° 40’ 41” 21.79 Pisces
2020 Oct 22 01h 15m 23s +13° 55’ 20” 22.03 Pisces
2020 Oct 23 01h 17m 15s +14° 57’ 37” 22.26 Pisces
2020 Oct 24 01h 18m 51s +15° 50’ 11” 22.47 Pisces
2020 Oct 25 01h 20m 17s +16° 35’ 03” 22.67 Pisces
2020 Oct 26 01h 21m 33s +17° 13’ 41” 22.86 Pisces
2020 Oct 27 01h 22m 41s +17° 47’ 12” 23.04 Pisces