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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC 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 WC Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC is currently in the constellation of Orion. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC is 05h 47m 12s and the Declination is +15° 03’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC is 18.86 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC [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 47m 12s
+15° 03’ 57”
  • 2020 WC is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 47° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WC is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WC rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC from Earth is currently 1,625,476 kilometers, equivalent to 0.010866 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5.4220 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC and arrive to us.

5.4220 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC to Earth happens on Mon Nov 23 2020 at a distance of 0.010737 Astronomical Units, or 1,606,246 kilometers:

Mon Nov 23 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC is 18.86.


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

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

Azimuth: 74.9°
Max altitude: 53.7°
Azimuth: 285.3°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.47401012
Orbit inclination i 0.32825314°
Perihelion distance q 0.99362671 AU
148,644,440 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.78449428 AU
416,554,416 km
Semi-major axis a 1.88906049 AU
282,599,428 km
Orbital period period 2.6000 years
948.3469 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-01 02:25:13
2,459,184.6008 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 204.52915608039°
Longitude of the ascending node node 226.14222465383°
Mean anomaly M 354.64720722114°
Mean motion n 0.37960793°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WC Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 00h 43m 09s +02° 53’ 13” 21.24 Pisces
2020 Nov 18 00h 57m 20s +03° 48’ 51” 20.88 Pisces
2020 Nov 19 01h 16m 18s +05° 01’ 54” 20.46 Pisces
2020 Nov 20 01h 42m 18s +06° 38’ 39” 19.96 Pisces
2020 Nov 21 02h 18m 48s +08° 45’ 11” 19.37 Cetus
2020 Nov 22 03h 10m 14s +11° 18’ 50” 18.67 Aries
2020 Nov 23 04h 18m 42s +13° 48’ 24” 18.27 Taurus
2020 Nov 24 05h 37m 13s +15° 10’ 42” 18.77 Orion
2020 Nov 25 06h 49m 38s +14° 57’ 02” 19.42 Gemini
2020 Nov 26 07h 45m 43s +13° 47’ 41” 20.09 Gemini
2020 Nov 27 08h 25m 54s +12° 28’ 02” 20.69 Cancer
2020 Nov 28 08h 54m 27s +11° 17’ 17” 21.22 Cancer
2020 Nov 29 09h 15m 11s +10° 19’ 09” 21.66 Cancer
2020 Nov 30 09h 30m 42s +09° 32’ 17” 22.04 Leo