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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA 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 UA Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA is 13h 45m 01s and the Declination is -06° 45’ 07” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA is 23.90 (JPL).

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13h 45m 01s
-06° 45’ 07”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA from Earth is currently 455,304 kilometers, equivalent to 0.003044 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1.5187 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA and arrive to us.

1.5187 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA to Earth happens on Wed Oct 21 2020 at a distance of 0.000297 Astronomical Units, or 44,498 kilometers:

Wed Oct 21 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA is 23.90.


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

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

Azimuth: 95.6°
Max altitude: 48.7°
Azimuth: 271.2°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23103074
Orbit inclination i 2.76363138°
Perihelion distance q 0.75366660 AU
112,746,918 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.20653296 AU
180,494,762 km
Semi-major axis a 0.98009978 AU
146,620,840 km
Orbital period period 0.9700 years
354.4083 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-20 04:35:06
2,458,868.6910 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jan-08 14:23
2,459,223.0993 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 107.15971670278°
Longitude of the ascending node node 27.912007887829°
Mean anomaly M 133.88858455143°
Mean motion n 1.01577762°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UA Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 02h 40m 42s +03° 06’ 28” 21.53 Cetus
2020 Oct 15 02h 41m 17s +03° 09’ 17” 21.18 Cetus
2020 Oct 16 02h 42m 00s +03° 13’ 32” 20.76 Cetus
2020 Oct 17 02h 42m 56s +03° 20’ 09” 20.26 Cetus
2020 Oct 18 02h 44m 26s +03° 31’ 27” 19.64 Cetus
2020 Oct 19 02h 47m 17s +03° 53’ 57” 18.78 Cetus
2020 Oct 20 02h 55m 05s +04° 57’ 37” 17.41 Cetus
2020 Oct 21 05h 28m 13s +22° 12’ 06” 13.58 Taurus
2020 Oct 22 15h 28m 23s -09° 23’ 07” 26.00 Libra
2020 Oct 23 15h 38m 36s -10° 41’ 53” 27.00 Libra
2020 Oct 24 15h 41m 50s -11° 06’ 50” 28.00 Libra
2020 Oct 25 15h 43m 21s -11° 19’ 03” 28.00 Libra
2020 Oct 26 15h 44m 09s -11° 26’ 17” 29.00 Libra
2020 Oct 27 15h 44m 38s -11° 31’ 08” 30.00 Libra