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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 is currently in the constellation of Pisces Austrinus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 is 22h 08m 37s and the Declination is -31° 28’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 is 24.77 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 [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]:

22h 08m 37s
-31° 28’ 37”
Pisces Austrinus

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 in Pisces Austrinus on January, 21 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 in Pisces Austrinus on January, 21 2021
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 XB7?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 from Earth is currently 2,961,124 kilometers, equivalent to 0.019794 Astronomical Units. Light takes 9.8772 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 and arrive to us.

9.8772 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 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 XB7 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 to Earth happens on Fri Jan 22 2021 at a distance of 0.018270 Astronomical Units, or 2,733,117 kilometers:

Fri Jan 22 2021

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 is 24.77.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7, 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 XB7 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.2°
Max altitude: 7.4°
Azimuth: 239.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 at epoch 15 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459199.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.55307345
Orbit inclination i 6.07387000°
Perihelion distance q 0.96586269 AU
144,491,003 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.35638079 AU
502,107,421 km
Semi-major axis a 2.16112174 AU
323,299,212 km
Orbital period period 3.1800 years
1,160.4255 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-24 07:37:37
2,459,238.8178 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 0.36574406189354°
Longitude of the ascending node node 124.29266924606°
Mean anomaly M 347.80240031418°
Mean motion n 0.31023102°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XB7 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 XB7 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 14 01h 25m 57s -23° 25’ 50” 21.13 Cetus
2021 Jan 15 01h 15m 29s -24° 21’ 20” 21.10 Cetus
2021 Jan 16 01h 02m 24s -25° 25’ 58” 21.09 Sculptor
2021 Jan 17 00h 45m 38s -26° 40’ 40” 21.15 Sculptor
2021 Jan 18 00h 23m 44s -28° 04’ 56” 21.29 Sculptor
2021 Jan 19 23h 54m 36s -29° 34’ 00” 22.00 Sculptor
2021 Jan 20 23h 15m 33s -30° 52’ 58” 22.00 Sculptor
2021 Jan 21 22h 24m 16s -31° 27’ 59” 24.00 Pisces Austrinus
2021 Jan 22 21h 21m 47s -30° 26’ 31” 27.00 Microscopium
2021 Jan 23 20h 15m 20s -27° 12’ 37” 35.00 Capricornus
2021 Jan 24 19h 15m 06s -22° 17’ 47” 28.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 25 18h 26m 49s -17° 00’ 09” 24.00 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 26 17h 50m 23s -12° 17’ 02” 23.00 Serpens
2021 Jan 27 17h 23m 16s -08° 26’ 21” 22.00 Ophiucus