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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 is currently in the constellation of Andromeda. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 is 01h 02m 31s and the Declination is +36° 47’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 is 18.24 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 [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]:

01h 02m 31s
+36° 47’ 53”
  • 2020 WK2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-West direction at an altitude of 20° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WK2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WK2 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 in Andromeda on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 in Andromeda 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 WK2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 from Earth is currently 6,085,680 kilometers, equivalent to 0.040680 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20.2996 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 and arrive to us.

20.2996 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 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 WK2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 20 2020 at a distance of 0.027197 Astronomical Units, or 4,068,591 kilometers:

Fri Nov 20 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 is 18.24.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2, 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 WK2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 90.0°
Max altitude: 80.5°
Azimuth: 306.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.44665045
Orbit inclination i 23.39923468°
Perihelion distance q 0.94387454 AU
141,201,621 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.46762018 AU
369,150,725 km
Semi-major axis a 1.70574736 AU
255,176,173 km
Orbital period period 2.2300 years
813.7116 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Oct-22 10:49:48
2,459,144.9513 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jan-14 03:54
2,459,958.6628 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 322.50456763867°
Longitude of the ascending node node 58.508725288757°
Mean anomaly M 296.0922783667°
Mean motion n 0.44241721°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WK2 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 WK2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 00h 32m 57s -63° 27’ 34” 19.84 Tucana
2020 Nov 18 00h 38m 54s -55° 00’ 51” 19.26 Phoenix
2020 Nov 19 00h 44m 02s -43° 13’ 00” 18.63 Phoenix
2020 Nov 20 00h 48m 29s -27° 21’ 38” 18.03 Sculptor
2020 Nov 21 00h 52m 27s -08° 31’ 15” 17.61 Cetus
2020 Nov 22 00h 56m 00s +09° 48’ 47” 17.54 Pisces
2020 Nov 23 00h 59m 16s +24° 37’ 32” 17.78 Pisces
2020 Nov 24 01h 02m 15s +35° 27’ 41” 18.17 Andromeda
2020 Nov 25 01h 05m 03s +43° 12’ 25” 18.58 Andromeda
2020 Nov 26 01h 07m 41s +48° 49’ 19” 18.97 Cassiopeia
2020 Nov 27 01h 10m 13s +52° 59’ 53” 19.32 Cassiopeia
2020 Nov 28 01h 12m 38s +56° 11’ 16” 19.63 Cassiopeia
2020 Nov 29 01h 15m 01s +58° 41’ 02” 19.91 Cassiopeia
2020 Nov 30 01h 17m 20s +60° 40’ 41” 20.16 Cassiopeia