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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 is 11h 45m 28s and the Declination is +01° 53’ 48” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 is 27.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 [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]:

11h 45m 28s
+01° 53’ 48”
Virgo
27.00

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 in Virgo on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 in Virgo 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 TK3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 from Earth is currently 3,769,036 kilometers, equivalent to 0.025194 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12.5722 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 and arrive to us.

3,769,036
0.025194
12.5722 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 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 TK3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 to Earth happens on Sat Oct 17 2020 at a distance of 0.003211 Astronomical Units, or 480,402 kilometers:

Sat Oct 17 2020
480,402
0.003211

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 is 27.00.

27.00

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3, 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 TK3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 89.1°
Max altitude: 39.9°
Azimuth: 271.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 at epoch 10 October 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459133.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.60653096
Orbit inclination i 0.88164048°
Perihelion distance q 0.90758659 AU
135,773,021 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.70566881 AU
554,360,165 km
Semi-major axis a 2.30662770 AU
345,066,593 km
Orbital period period 3.5000 years
1,279.5719 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-16 05:07:20
2,459,169.7134 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 34.965134004273°
Longitude of the ascending node node 29.380586712323°
Mean anomaly M 349.8115660991°
Mean motion n 0.28134410°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 TK3 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 TK3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 23h 06m 24s -12° 05’ 22” 21.16 Aquarius
2020 Oct 15 22h 58m 58s -13° 54’ 43” 20.62 Aquarius
2020 Oct 16 22h 43m 46s -17° 30’ 51” 19.89 Aquarius
2020 Oct 17 21h 55m 47s -27° 28’ 17” 18.91 Pisces Austrinus
2020 Oct 18 15h 44m 30s -42° 03’ 44” 22.00 Lupus
2020 Oct 19 12h 32m 12s -10° 20’ 08” 30.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 20 12h 01m 58s -02° 26’ 35” 28.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 21 11h 50m 27s +00° 37’ 33” 27.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 22 11h 44m 27s +02° 13’ 50” 27.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 23 11h 40m 50s +03° 12’ 30” 27.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 11h 38m 27s +03° 51’ 37” 28.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 11h 36m 50s +04° 19’ 14” 28.00 Leo
2020 Oct 26 11h 35m 40s +04° 39’ 26” 28.00 Leo
2020 Oct 27 11h 34m 51s +04° 54’ 38” 28.00 Leo