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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US 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 US Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US is 16h 22m 36s and the Declination is -28° 02’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US is 24.00 (JPL).

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16h 22m 36s
-28° 02’ 52”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US 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 US in Capricornus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US in Capricornus 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US from Earth is currently 1,087,102 kilometers, equivalent to 0.007267 Astronomical Units. Light takes 3.6262 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US and arrive to us.

3.6262 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US to Earth happens on Wed Oct 21 2020 at a distance of 0.005517 Astronomical Units, or 825,363 kilometers:

Wed Oct 21 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US is 24.00.


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

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

Azimuth: 116.9°
Max altitude: 11.0°
Azimuth: 242.0°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US at epoch 16 October 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459139.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.56700042
Orbit inclination i 2.90520482°
Perihelion distance q 0.78886502 AU
118,012,528 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.85485683 AU
427,080,504 km
Semi-major axis a 1.82186093 AU
272,546,516 km
Orbital period period 2.4600 years
898.1963 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-03 11:02:57
2,459,186.9604 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 245.14951303793°
Longitude of the ascending node node 207.15567030674°
Mean anomaly M 340.97772404075°
Mean motion n 0.40080326°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 US Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 00h 18m 54s +09° 10’ 03” 22.13 Pisces
2020 Oct 15 00h 15m 41s +08° 44’ 21” 21.85 Pisces
2020 Oct 16 00h 11m 20s +08° 08’ 48” 21.53 Pisces
2020 Oct 17 00h 05m 03s +07° 16’ 38” 21.15 Pisces
2020 Oct 18 23h 55m 14s +05° 53’ 05” 20.69 Pisces
2020 Oct 19 23h 37m 32s +03° 19’ 33” 20.10 Pisces
2020 Oct 20 22h 56m 59s -02° 38’ 21” 19.37 Pisces
2020 Oct 21 20h 31m 27s -21° 06’ 41” 19.17 Capricornus
2020 Oct 22 15h 32m 29s -28° 01’ 17” 25.00 Libra
2020 Oct 23 14h 00m 21s -21° 18’ 11” 35.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 24 13h 30m 21s -18° 11’ 35” 37.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 25 13h 16m 04s -16° 33’ 27” 35.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 26 13h 07m 49s -15° 33’ 46” 34.00 Virgo
2020 Oct 27 13h 02m 27s -14° 53’ 48” 33.00 Virgo