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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 is 04h 25m 47s and the Declination is +22° 10’ 49” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 is 21.70 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 [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]:

04h 25m 47s
+22° 10’ 49”
  • 2020 TC6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 5° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 TC6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 TC6 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 in Taurus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 in Taurus 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 TC6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 from Earth is currently 4,660,593 kilometers, equivalent to 0.031154 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15.5461 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 and arrive to us.

15.5461 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 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 TC6 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 to Earth happens on Thu Oct 15 2020 at a distance of 0.009359 Astronomical Units, or 1,400,045 kilometers:

Thu Oct 15 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 is 21.70.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6, 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 TC6 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.7°
Max altitude: 61.4°
Azimuth: 292.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.58334188
Orbit inclination i 1.60785076°
Perihelion distance q 0.99382979 AU
148,674,820 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.77665105 AU
564,978,956 km
Semi-major axis a 2.38524042 AU
356,826,888 km
Orbital period period 3.6800 years
1,345.5402 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-04 11:44:50
2,459,126.9895 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Jun-11 00:42
2,460,472.5296 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 157.88484055533°
Longitude of the ascending node node 210.48951039156°
Mean anomaly M 326.15767365274°
Mean motion n 0.26755054°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TC6 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 TC6 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 20h 34m 12s +06° 05’ 38” 20.55 Delphinus
2020 Oct 15 21h 54m 11s +15° 36’ 50” 19.51 Pegasus
2020 Oct 16 23h 50m 41s +24° 57’ 51” 18.77 Pegasus
2020 Oct 17 01h 40m 39s +28° 04’ 09” 18.91 Pisces
2020 Oct 18 02h 51m 29s +27° 08’ 24” 19.67 Aries
2020 Oct 19 03h 33m 12s +25° 30’ 20” 20.37 Taurus
2020 Oct 20 03h 59m 02s +24° 04’ 45” 20.94 Taurus
2020 Oct 21 04h 16m 06s +22° 57’ 15” 21.40 Taurus
2020 Oct 22 04h 28m 05s +22° 04’ 32” 21.78 Taurus
2020 Oct 23 04h 36m 51s +21° 22’ 50” 22.10 Taurus
2020 Oct 24 04h 43m 27s +20° 49’ 17” 22.38 Taurus
2020 Oct 25 04h 48m 37s +20° 21’ 50” 22.62 Taurus
2020 Oct 26 04h 52m 41s +19° 59’ 02” 22.83 Taurus
2020 Oct 27 04h 55m 59s +19° 39’ 48” 23.03 Taurus