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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU 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 UU Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU is 02h 43m 12s and the Declination is +05° 54’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU is 22.41 (JPL).

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

02h 43m 12s
+05° 54’ 35”
  • 2020 UU is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 UU is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 UU rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU from Earth is currently 5,345,287 kilometers, equivalent to 0.035731 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.8300 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU and arrive to us.

17.8300 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU to Earth happens on Wed Oct 14 2020 at a distance of 0.006219 Astronomical Units, or 930,321 kilometers:

Wed Oct 14 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU is 22.41.


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

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

Azimuth: 84.1°
Max altitude: 43.7°
Azimuth: 275.5°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU at epoch 17 October 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459140.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.40698084
Orbit inclination i 1.51342959°
Perihelion distance q 0.92800651 AU
138,827,798 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.20176255 AU
329,378,990 km
Semi-major axis a 1.56488453 AU
234,103,394 km
Orbital period period 1.9600 years
715.0261 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Sep-11 15:53:54
2,459,104.1624 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Aug-27 16:31
2,459,819.1885 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 143.58669406852°
Longitude of the ascending node node 196.52513601225°
Mean anomaly M 18.295170570405°
Mean motion n 0.50347815°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 UU Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 18h 55m 54s -36° 07’ 01” 21.72 Sagittarius
2020 Oct 15 22h 20m 11s -33° 17’ 18” 19.89 Pisces Austrinus
2020 Oct 16 00h 43m 22s -16° 22’ 55” 19.63 Cetus
2020 Oct 17 01h 40m 27s -06° 11’ 15” 20.12 Cetus
2020 Oct 18 02h 07m 28s -00° 59’ 35” 20.74 Cetus
2020 Oct 19 02h 22m 46s +01° 59’ 03” 21.30 Cetus
2020 Oct 20 02h 32m 30s +03° 53’ 00” 21.76 Cetus
2020 Oct 21 02h 39m 12s +05° 11’ 32” 22.15 Cetus
2020 Oct 22 02h 44m 04s +06° 08’ 52” 22.48 Cetus
2020 Oct 23 02h 47m 44s +06° 52’ 29” 22.76 Cetus
2020 Oct 24 02h 50m 35s +07° 26’ 52” 23.01 Cetus
2020 Oct 25 02h 52m 51s +07° 54’ 39” 23.22 Cetus
2020 Oct 26 02h 54m 42s +08° 17’ 39” 23.42 Cetus
2020 Oct 27 02h 56m 11s +08° 37’ 00” 23.60 Cetus