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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 is currently in the constellation of Bootes. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 is 14h 11m 36s and the Declination is +45° 16’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 is 23.09 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 [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]:

14h 11m 36s
+45° 16’ 40”
  • 2020 TH6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 TH6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 TH6 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6 in Bootes on October, 20 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 in Bootes on October, 20 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 TH6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 from Earth is currently 1,090,057 kilometers, equivalent to 0.007287 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3.6360 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 and arrive to us.

3.6360 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6 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 TH6 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 to Earth happens on Sun Oct 18 2020 at a distance of 0.004619 Astronomical Units, or 691,048 kilometers:

Sun Oct 18 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 is 23.09.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6, 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 TH6 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 is circumpolar and transits at 12:12 UTC (altitude: 83.7°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.21229497
Orbit inclination i 4.53671677°
Perihelion distance q 0.79443397 AU
118,845,631 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.22265095 AU
182,905,979 km
Semi-major axis a 1.00854246 AU
150,875,805 km
Orbital period period 1.0100 years
369.9472 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Dec-30 14:32:31
2,458,848.1059 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jan-03 13:16
2,459,218.0531 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 102.22876738456°
Longitude of the ascending node node 22.626039003551°
Mean anomaly M 148.29649704492°
Mean motion n 0.97311192°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TH6 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 TH6 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 13 02h 32m 20s +05° 17’ 12” 21.49 Cetus
2020 Oct 14 02h 33m 21s +07° 58’ 09” 21.05 Cetus
2020 Oct 15 02h 34m 53s +12° 02’ 08” 20.54 Aries
2020 Oct 16 02h 37m 23s +18° 49’ 12” 19.97 Aries
2020 Oct 17 02h 42m 44s +31° 45’ 47” 19.43 Triangulum
2020 Oct 18 03h 03m 25s +59° 31’ 35” 19.29 Cassiopeia
2020 Oct 19 13h 17m 49s +75° 11’ 03” 20.68 Ursa Minor
2020 Oct 20 14h 10m 59s +46° 22’ 15” 23.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 21 14h 18m 39s +32° 47’ 58” 25.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 22 14h 21m 42s +25° 44’ 03” 27.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 23 14h 23m 17s +21° 30’ 42” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 24 14h 24m 15s +18° 43’ 17” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 25 14h 24m 51s +16° 44’ 22” 29.00 Bootes
2020 Oct 26 14h 25m 17s +15° 15’ 16” 30.00 Bootes