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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 is 03h 54m 33s and the Declination is +20° 40’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 is 23.76 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 [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]:

03h 54m 33s
+20° 40’ 23”
  • 2020 WA1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 28° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WA1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WA1 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 in Taurus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 in Taurus on November, 24 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 WA1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 from Earth is currently 13,891,083 kilometers, equivalent to 0.092856 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46.3357 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 and arrive to us.

46.3357 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 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 WA1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 to Earth happens on Sun Nov 15 2020 at a distance of 0.002705 Astronomical Units, or 404,620 kilometers:

Sun Nov 15 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 is 23.76.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1, 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 WA1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 69.3°
Max altitude: 59.2°
Azimuth: 290.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 at epoch 16 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459170.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.72133470
Orbit inclination i 0.07272202°
Perihelion distance q 0.70349633 AU
105,241,554 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.34554523 AU
650,084,315 km
Semi-major axis a 2.52452078 AU
377,662,934 km
Orbital period period 4.0100 years
1,465.0986 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-04 22:22:03
2,459,127.4320 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Oct-09 00:44
2,460,592.5306 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 76.028626810347°
Longitude of the ascending node node 265.60079194977°
Mean anomaly M 10.582553420539°
Mean motion n 0.24571725°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WA1 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 WA1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 08m 53s +20° 54’ 20” 19.54 Aries
2020 Nov 18 03h 33m 41s +20° 53’ 07” 20.70 Taurus
2020 Nov 19 03h 42m 42s +20° 49’ 18” 21.56 Taurus
2020 Nov 20 03h 47m 21s +20° 46’ 38” 22.18 Taurus
2020 Nov 21 03h 50m 09s +20° 44’ 45” 22.64 Taurus
2020 Nov 22 03h 52m 05s +20° 43’ 23” 23.00 Taurus
2020 Nov 23 03h 53m 26s +20° 42’ 21” 23.33 Taurus
2020 Nov 24 03h 54m 29s +20° 41’ 32” 23.70 Taurus
2020 Nov 25 03h 55m 18s +20° 40’ 54” 24.04 Taurus
2020 Nov 26 03h 55m 57s +20° 40’ 24” 24.35 Taurus
2020 Nov 27 03h 56m 30s +20° 40’ 00” 24.63 Taurus
2020 Nov 28 03h 56m 57s +20° 39’ 42” 24.88 Taurus
2020 Nov 29 03h 57m 21s +20° 39’ 29” 25.12 Taurus
2020 Nov 30 03h 57m 43s +20° 39’ 19” 25.35 Taurus