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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB 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 WB Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB is currently in the constellation of Lepus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB is 05h 51m 26s and the Declination is -12° 29’ 42” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB is 21.21 (JPL).

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

05h 51m 26s
-12° 29’ 42”
  • 2020 WB is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 16° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WB is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WB rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB from Earth is currently 3,667,390 kilometers, equivalent to 0.024515 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12.2331 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB and arrive to us.

12.2331 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB to Earth happens on Sun Nov 15 2020 at a distance of 0.009260 Astronomical Units, or 1,385,323 kilometers:

Sun Nov 15 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB is 21.21.


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

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

Azimuth: 103.4°
Max altitude: 26.3°
Azimuth: 257.5°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.19847906
Orbit inclination i 5.76913802°
Perihelion distance q 0.99468860 AU
148,803,297 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.48731419 AU
222,499,037 km
Semi-major axis a 1.24100140 AU
185,651,167 km
Orbital period period 1.3800 years
504.9598 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-04 16:20:53
2,459,158.1812 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Mar-24 15:23
2,459,663.1410 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 166.67568824833°
Longitude of the ascending node node 234.82267505029°
Mean anomaly M 247.58467355753°
Mean motion n 0.71292799°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WB Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 04h 00m 21s +17° 36’ 05” 18.22 Taurus
2020 Nov 18 04h 31m 24s +09° 36’ 02” 18.85 Taurus
2020 Nov 19 04h 54m 19s +03° 18’ 39” 19.38 Orion
2020 Nov 20 05h 11m 32s -01° 30’ 25” 19.84 Orion
2020 Nov 21 05h 24m 50s -05° 12’ 00” 20.24 Orion
2020 Nov 22 05h 35m 17s -08° 03’ 47” 20.58 Orion
2020 Nov 23 05h 43m 41s -10° 18’ 57” 20.89 Orion
2020 Nov 24 05h 50m 33s -12° 06’ 57” 21.16 Lepus
2020 Nov 25 05h 56m 13s -13° 34’ 27” 21.40 Lepus
2020 Nov 26 06h 00m 59s -14° 46’ 13” 21.62 Lepus
2020 Nov 27 06h 04m 59s -15° 45’ 38” 21.81 Lepus
2020 Nov 28 06h 08m 25s -16° 35’ 14” 21.99 Lepus
2020 Nov 29 06h 11m 21s -17° 16’ 58” 22.16 Lepus
2020 Nov 30 06h 13m 51s -17° 52’ 10” 22.31 Canis Majoris