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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 is currently in the constellation of Perseus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 is 02h 55m 02s and the Declination is +50° 50’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 is 20.54 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 [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]:

02h 55m 02s
+50° 50’ 53”
  • 2020 WX2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WX2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WX2 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 in Perseus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 in Perseus 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 WX2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 from Earth is currently 4,298,387 kilometers, equivalent to 0.028733 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14.3379 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 and arrive to us.

14.3379 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 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 WX2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 27 2020 at a distance of 0.010331 Astronomical Units, or 1,545,423 kilometers:

Fri Nov 27 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 is 20.54.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2, 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 WX2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 is circumpolar and transits at 22:37 UTC (altitude: 89.5°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 at epoch 21 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459175.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.57148569
Orbit inclination i 5.37066740°
Perihelion distance q 0.84971372 AU
127,115,363 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.11614556 AU
466,168,741 km
Semi-major axis a 1.98292964 AU
296,642,052 km
Orbital period period 2.7900 years
1,019.9042 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-03 04:49:58
2,459,217.7014 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 226.51508998494°
Longitude of the ascending node node 251.30787699458°
Mean anomaly M 345.10399727895°
Mean motion n 0.35297433°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WX2 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 WX2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 02h 35m 56s +37° 32’ 50” 22.55 Andromeda
2020 Nov 18 02h 36m 35s +38° 18’ 42” 22.35 Andromeda
2020 Nov 19 02h 37m 29s +39° 14’ 02” 22.14 Andromeda
2020 Nov 20 02h 38m 43s +40° 22’ 19” 21.90 Andromeda
2020 Nov 21 02h 40m 26s +41° 49’ 08” 21.64 Perseus
2020 Nov 22 02h 42m 55s +43° 43’ 26” 21.34 Perseus
2020 Nov 23 02h 46m 45s +46° 20’ 48” 21.00 Perseus
2020 Nov 24 02h 53m 12s +50° 10’ 40” 20.61 Perseus
2020 Nov 25 03h 06m 10s +56° 13’ 05” 20.17 Perseus
2020 Nov 26 03h 43m 32s +66° 36’ 15” 19.72 Camelopardalis
2020 Nov 27 08h 28m 44s +79° 20’ 39” 19.50 Camelopardalis
2020 Nov 28 13h 10m 05s +49° 47’ 45” 20.42 Canes Venatici
2020 Nov 29 13h 47m 13s +18° 02’ 13” 23.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 30 14h 00m 18s +01° 15’ 27” 25.00 Virgo