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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ 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 WZ Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ is 04h 34m 56s and the Declination is +04° 26’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ is 20.36 (JPL).

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

04h 34m 56s
+04° 26’ 08”
  • 2020 WZ is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 21° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 WZ is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 WZ rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ Position and Finder Charts

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ from Earth is currently 5,319,866 kilometers, equivalent to 0.035561 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.7452 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ and arrive to us.

17.7452 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ to Earth happens on Tue Nov 17 2020 at a distance of 0.027157 Astronomical Units, or 4,062,614 kilometers:

Tue Nov 17 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ is 20.36.


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

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

Azimuth: 85.1°
Max altitude: 42.9°
Azimuth: 274.6°

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

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ at epoch 17 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459171.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.46050250
Orbit inclination i 2.04113380°
Perihelion distance q 1.00716249 AU
150,669,365 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.72654336 AU
407,885,082 km
Semi-major axis a 1.86685293 AU
279,277,223 km
Orbital period period 2.5500 years
931.6732 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-09 16:46:01
2,459,163.1986 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-May-30 08:55
2,460,094.8718 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 180.09529234221°
Longitude of the ascending node node 225.25743688659°
Mean anomaly M 3.207665097848°
Mean motion n 0.38640160°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 WZ Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 01h 28m 51s -02° 55’ 54” 20.32 Cetus
2020 Nov 18 01h 58m 59s -01° 46’ 46” 20.15 Cetus
2020 Nov 19 02h 29m 07s -00° 34’ 54” 20.02 Cetus
2020 Nov 20 02h 58m 13s +00° 35’ 54” 19.96 Cetus
2020 Nov 21 03h 25m 24s +01° 42’ 30” 19.95 Taurus
2020 Nov 22 03h 50m 12s +02° 42’ 44” 20.02 Taurus
2020 Nov 23 04h 12m 23s +03° 35’ 43” 20.15 Taurus
2020 Nov 24 04h 31m 54s +04° 21’ 30” 20.33 Taurus
2020 Nov 25 04h 49m 00s +05° 00’ 46” 20.51 Orion
2020 Nov 26 05h 03m 55s +05° 34’ 20” 20.71 Orion
2020 Nov 27 05h 16m 54s +06° 03’ 10” 20.90 Orion
2020 Nov 28 05h 28m 13s +06° 28’ 03” 21.08 Orion
2020 Nov 29 05h 38m 04s +06° 49’ 44” 21.25 Orion
2020 Nov 30 05h 46m 44s +07° 08’ 48” 21.41 Orion