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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 is currently in the constellation of Eridanus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 is 03h 48m 20s and the Declination is -13° 25’ 44” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 is 20.34 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 [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]:

03h 48m 20s
-13° 25’ 44”
Eridanus
20.34
  • 2020 WS2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 2° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WS2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WS2 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 in Eridanus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 in Eridanus 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 WS2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 from Earth is currently 10,517,443 kilometers, equivalent to 0.070305 Astronomical Units. Light takes 35.0824 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 and arrive to us.

10,517,443
0.070305
35.0824 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 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 WS2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 to Earth happens on Fri Dec 4 2020 at a distance of 0.030822 Astronomical Units, or 4,610,847 kilometers:

Fri Dec 4 2020
4,610,847
0.030822

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 is 20.34.

20.34

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2, 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 WS2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 104.0°
Max altitude: 24.4°
Azimuth: 256.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 at epoch 20 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459174.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.65300429
Orbit inclination i 4.45798391°
Perihelion distance q 0.95275872 AU
142,530,676 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.53871387 AU
678,981,932 km
Semi-major axis a 2.74573629 AU
410,756,304 km
Orbital period period 4.5500 years
1,661.8303 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-24 21:55:35
2,459,208.4136 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 11.575834037867°
Longitude of the ascending node node 89.092606640374°
Mean anomaly M 352.65334317987°
Mean motion n 0.21662862°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WS2 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 WS2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 10m 58s -08° 53’ 35” 21.29 Eridanus
2020 Nov 18 03h 14m 14s -09° 22’ 02” 21.17 Eridanus
2020 Nov 19 03h 17m 58s -09° 52’ 41” 21.06 Eridanus
2020 Nov 20 03h 22m 13s -10° 25’ 53” 20.93 Eridanus
2020 Nov 21 03h 27m 03s -11° 02’ 03” 20.80 Eridanus
2020 Nov 22 03h 32m 39s -11° 41’ 49” 20.67 Eridanus
2020 Nov 23 03h 39m 11s -12° 25’ 50” 20.52 Eridanus
2020 Nov 24 03h 46m 50s -13° 14’ 56” 20.37 Eridanus
2020 Nov 25 03h 55m 53s -14° 10’ 00” 20.21 Eridanus
2020 Nov 26 04h 06m 42s -15° 12’ 10” 20.05 Eridanus
2020 Nov 27 04h 19m 49s -16° 22’ 27” 19.88 Eridanus
2020 Nov 28 04h 35m 51s -17° 41’ 47” 19.71 Eridanus
2020 Nov 29 04h 55m 41s -19° 10’ 06” 19.55 Lepus
2020 Nov 30 05h 20m 25s -20° 45’ 33” 19.40 Lepus