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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 is 06h 12m 33s and the Declination is +22° 45’ 58” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 is 29.17 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 [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]:

06h 12m 33s
+22° 45’ 58”
  • 2020 UQ3 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 60° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 UQ3 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 UQ3 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 in Gemini on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 in Gemini on May, 16 2021
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 UQ3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 from Earth is currently 485,779,982 kilometers, equivalent to 3.247239 Astronomical Units. Light takes 27 minutes and 0.3876 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 and arrive to us.

27 minutes and 0.3876 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 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 UQ3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 to Earth happens on Tue Jul 18 2023 at a distance of 0.008025 Astronomical Units, or 1,200,452 kilometers:

Tue Jul 18 2023

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 is 29.17.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3, 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 UQ3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.2°
Max altitude: 61.3°
Azimuth: 292.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53097942
Orbit inclination i 2.80430128°
Perihelion distance q 0.96389904 AU
144,197,244 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.14636423 AU
470,689,390 km
Semi-major axis a 2.05513163 AU
307,443,317 km
Orbital period period 2.9500 years
1,076.1130 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-28 06:35:36
2,459,089.7747 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Aug-09 09:18
2,460,165.8878 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 201.52885239851°
Longitude of the ascending node node 124.26459509°
Mean anomaly M 330.13427092215°
Mean motion n 0.33453735°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UQ3 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 UQ3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 09 05h 59m 17s +22° 43’ 59” 29.12 Orion
2021 May 10 06h 01m 01s +22° 44’ 30” 29.13 Gemini
2021 May 11 06h 02m 45s +22° 44’ 57” 29.14 Gemini
2021 May 12 06h 04m 30s +22° 45’ 19” 29.14 Gemini
2021 May 13 06h 06m 14s +22° 45’ 36” 29.15 Gemini
2021 May 14 06h 07m 59s +22° 45’ 48” 29.15 Gemini
2021 May 15 06h 09m 42s +22° 45’ 56” 29.16 Gemini
2021 May 16 06h 11m 26s +22° 46’ 00” 29.16 Gemini
2021 May 17 06h 13m 10s +22° 45’ 59” 29.17 Gemini
2021 May 18 06h 14m 53s +22° 45’ 52” 29.18 Gemini
2021 May 19 06h 16m 37s +22° 45’ 42” 29.18 Gemini
2021 May 20 06h 18m 21s +22° 45’ 28” 29.18 Gemini
2021 May 21 06h 20m 04s +22° 45’ 09” 29.19 Gemini
2021 May 22 06h 21m 48s +22° 44’ 44” 29.19 Gemini