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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN 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 WN Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN is 11h 35m 39s and the Declination is +05° 53’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN is 21.88 (JPL).

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

11h 35m 39s
+05° 53’ 11”
Leo
21.88
  • 2020 WN is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 32° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WN is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WN rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN from Earth is currently 1,982,095 kilometers, equivalent to 0.013249 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6.6116 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN and arrive to us.

1,982,095
0.013249
6.6116 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN to Earth happens on Mon Nov 23 2020 at a distance of 0.011169 Astronomical Units, or 1,670,925 kilometers:

Mon Nov 23 2020
1,670,925
0.011169

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN is 21.88.

21.88

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

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

Azimuth: 83.7°
Max altitude: 44.4°
Azimuth: 275.5°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42143735
Orbit inclination i 6.25454584°
Perihelion distance q 0.82232420 AU
123,017,950 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.02032109 AU
302,235,734 km
Semi-major axis a 1.42132265 AU
212,626,842 km
Orbital period period 1.6900 years
618.9242 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-08 17:03:22
2,459,223.2107 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 63.682344857287°
Longitude of the ascending node node 62.392760829708°
Mean anomaly M 329.34059779549°
Mean motion n 0.58165446°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WN Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 04h 30m 45s +01° 54’ 05” 21.43 Taurus
2020 Nov 18 04h 42m 15s +02° 12’ 44” 21.09 Taurus
2020 Nov 19 04h 58m 39s +02° 39’ 52” 20.73 Orion
2020 Nov 20 05h 23m 34s +03° 20’ 39” 20.33 Orion
2020 Nov 21 06h 04m 35s +04° 23’ 30” 19.95 Orion
2020 Nov 22 07h 16m 54s +05° 53’ 43” 19.73 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 23 09h 14m 54s +07° 04’ 05” 20.16 Cancer
2020 Nov 24 11h 20m 09s +06° 19’ 45” 21.62 Leo
2020 Nov 25 12h 41m 39s +04° 49’ 13” 23.00 Virgo
2020 Nov 26 13h 27m 43s +03° 40’ 28” 25.00 Virgo
2020 Nov 27 13h 55m 15s +02° 54’ 15” 26.00 Virgo
2020 Nov 28 14h 13m 08s +02° 22’ 08” 27.00 Virgo
2020 Nov 29 14h 25m 33s +01° 58’ 27” 27.00 Virgo
2020 Nov 30 14h 34m 41s +01° 40’ 03” 28.00 Virgo