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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 is currently in the constellation of Hercules. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 is 17h 56m 57s and the Declination is +15° 11’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 is 25.18 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 [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]:

17h 56m 57s
+15° 11’ 10”
Hercules
25.18

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 in Hercules on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 in Hercules 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 from Earth is currently 5,001,665 kilometers, equivalent to 0.033434 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16.6838 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 and arrive to us.

5,001,665
0.033434
16.6838 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 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 WT1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 to Earth happens on Sat Nov 21 2020 at a distance of 0.012264 Astronomical Units, or 1,834,602 kilometers:

Sat Nov 21 2020
1,834,602
0.012264

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 is 25.18.

25.18

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1, 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 WT1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 74.8°
Max altitude: 53.7°
Azimuth: 285.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.50946982
Orbit inclination i 18.82267849°
Perihelion distance q 0.69582394 AU
104,093,779 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.14120408 AU
320,319,572 km
Semi-major axis a 1.41851401 AU
212,206,676 km
Orbital period period 1.6900 years
617.0905 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-11 19:12:10
2,459,226.3001 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 83.761315791838°
Longitude of the ascending node node 57.732500859402°
Mean anomaly M 228.27209309875°
Mean motion n 0.58338281°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WT1 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 WT1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 18m 59s -11° 20’ 30” 21.04 Eridanus
2020 Nov 18 02h 58m 36s -10° 25’ 36” 20.49 Eridanus
2020 Nov 19 02h 22m 47s -08° 34’ 44” 19.86 Cetus
2020 Nov 20 01h 10m 14s -04° 09’ 36” 19.30 Cetus
2020 Nov 21 22h 43m 05s +05° 41’ 05” 19.60 Pegasus
2020 Nov 22 20h 03m 56s +13° 28’ 18” 21.57 Aquila
2020 Nov 23 18h 41m 02s +15° 08’ 49” 24.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 24 18h 00m 56s +15° 16’ 22” 25.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 25 17h 38m 35s +15° 08’ 03” 26.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 26 17h 24m 33s +14° 57’ 30” 27.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 27 17h 15m 00s +14° 47’ 16” 27.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 28 17h 08m 03s +14° 37’ 36” 27.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 29 17h 02m 48s +14° 28’ 22” 28.00 Hercules
2020 Nov 30 16h 58m 40s +14° 19’ 22” 28.00 Hercules