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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 is currently in the constellation of Ursa Major. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 is 14h 04m 23s and the Declination is +60° 27’ 35” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 is 22.56 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 [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]:

14h 04m 23s
+60° 27’ 35”
Ursa Major
  • 2020 WS1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the North-East direction at an altitude of 45° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WS1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WS1 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 in Ursa Major on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 in Ursa Major 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 WS1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 from Earth is currently 4,066,613 kilometers, equivalent to 0.027184 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13.5648 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 and arrive to us.

13.5648 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 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 WS1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 20 2020 at a distance of 0.007727 Astronomical Units, or 1,155,872 kilometers:

Fri Nov 20 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 is 22.56.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1, 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 WS1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 is circumpolar and transits at 09:48 UTC (altitude: 81.1°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53524596
Orbit inclination i 18.33424097°
Perihelion distance q 0.96358707 AU
144,150,574 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.18306680 AU
476,180,016 km
Semi-major axis a 2.07332693 AU
310,165,295 km
Orbital period period 2.9900 years
1,090.4358 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-10 05:40:45
2,459,193.7366 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 24.932405845461°
Longitude of the ascending node node 58.450796892799°
Mean anomaly M 296.2042339752°
Mean motion n 0.33014323°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS1 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 WS1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 31m 00s -32° 30’ 55” 21.36 Fornax
2020 Nov 18 03h 38m 48s -27° 53’ 08” 20.63 Fornax
2020 Nov 19 03h 52m 06s -18° 53’ 59” 19.60 Eridanus
2020 Nov 20 04h 19m 32s +02° 38’ 02” 18.01 Taurus
2020 Nov 21 05h 41m 08s +49° 39’ 32” 18.06 Auriga
2020 Nov 22 10h 34m 35s +72° 52’ 10” 20.04 Draco
2020 Nov 23 13h 17m 47s +66° 22’ 36” 21.48 Draco
2020 Nov 24 14h 00m 46s +61° 08’ 02” 22.44 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 25 14h 18m 52s +57° 54’ 23” 23.12 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 26 14h 28m 45s +55° 46’ 50” 23.63 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 27 14h 34m 58s +54° 16’ 55” 24.03 Bootes
2020 Nov 28 14h 39m 14s +53° 10’ 04” 24.36 Bootes
2020 Nov 29 14h 42m 21s +52° 18’ 14” 24.64 Bootes
2020 Nov 30 14h 44m 44s +51° 36’ 38” 24.88 Bootes