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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH 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 WH Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH is currently in the constellation of Octans. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH is 18h 24m 28s and the Declination is -75° 36’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH is 23.64 (JPL).

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

18h 24m 28s
-75° 36’ 55”
Octans
23.64

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH from Earth is currently 8,510,438 kilometers, equivalent to 0.056889 Astronomical Units. Light takes 28.3878 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH and arrive to us.

8,510,438
0.056889
28.3878 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.016941 Astronomical Units, or 2,534,283 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020
2,534,283
0.016941

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH is 23.64.

23.64

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.26184775
Orbit inclination i 19.82041987°
Perihelion distance q 0.82773698 AU
123,827,690 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41498999 AU
211,679,490 km
Semi-major axis a 1.12136349 AU
167,753,590 km
Orbital period period 1.1900 years
433.7286 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-15 23:14:37
2,459,230.4685 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 257.9053402438°
Longitude of the ascending node node 233.51479419049°
Mean anomaly M 310.22542306754°
Mean motion n 0.83001216°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WH Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 21h 55m 59s -19° 11’ 35” 19.50 Capricornus
2020 Nov 18 21h 32m 47s -39° 25’ 05” 20.32 Grus
2020 Nov 19 21h 06m 38s -53° 21’ 33” 21.17 Indus
2020 Nov 20 20h 37m 42s -62° 14’ 48” 21.88 Pavo
2020 Nov 21 20h 06m 30s -67° 54’ 06” 22.44 Pavo
2020 Nov 22 19h 33m 56s -71° 32’ 44” 22.90 Pavo
2020 Nov 23 19h 01m 14s -73° 54’ 19” 23.27 Pavo
2020 Nov 24 18h 29m 43s -75° 25’ 15” 23.59 Octans
2020 Nov 25 18h 00m 25s -76° 22’ 18” 23.86 Apus
2020 Nov 26 17h 34m 00s -76° 56’ 27” 24.09 Apus
2020 Nov 27 17h 10m 45s -77° 15’ 05” 24.29 Apus
2020 Nov 28 16h 50m 34s -77° 23’ 08” 24.47 Apus
2020 Nov 29 16h 33m 12s -77° 24’ 01” 24.63 Apus
2020 Nov 30 16h 18m 24s -77° 19’ 59” 24.78 Apus