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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF 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 XF Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 01h 17m 40s and the Declination is +10° 39’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 29.34 (JPL).

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

01h 17m 40s
+10° 39’ 52”
Pisces
29.34
  • 2020 XF is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West direction at an altitude of 7° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 XF is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 XF rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF 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 XF in Pisces on May, 16 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF in Pisces on May, 16 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 XF?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF from Earth is currently 31,593,349 kilometers, equivalent to 0.211188 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 minutes and 45.3841 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF and arrive to us.

31,593,349
0.211188
1 minutes and 45.3841 seconds

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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF to Earth happens on Thu Dec 2 2027 at a distance of 0.004737 Astronomical Units, or 708,606 kilometers:

Thu Dec 2 2027
708,606
0.004737

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 29.34.

29.34

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

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

Azimuth: 79.1°
Max altitude: 49.3°
Azimuth: 280.7°

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

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

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12190050
Orbit inclination i 1.01358122°
Perihelion distance q 0.79828605 AU
119,421,893 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.01992714 AU
152,578,929 km
Semi-major axis a 0.90910659 AU
136,000,411 km
Orbital period period 0.8700 years
316.6071 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Aug-12 16:23:10
2,459,074.1828 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jun-25 06:57
2,459,390.7899 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 218.79162122837°
Longitude of the ascending node node 74.489787963245°
Mean anomaly M 276.21857187248°
Mean motion n 1.13705602°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF Orbit

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

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

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 09 01h 10m 18s +14° 11’ 35” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 10 01h 11m 00s +13° 38’ 40” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 11 01h 11m 48s +13° 07’ 24” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 12 01h 12m 41s +12° 37’ 46” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 13 01h 13m 36s +12° 09’ 44” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 14 01h 14m 39s +11° 43’ 18” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 15 01h 15m 43s +11° 18’ 24” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 16 01h 16m 54s +10° 55’ 00” 30.00 Pisces
2021 May 17 01h 18m 06s +10° 33’ 06” 29.00 Pisces
2021 May 18 01h 19m 24s +10° 12’ 41” 29.00 Pisces
2021 May 19 01h 20m 45s +09° 53’ 39” 29.00 Pisces
2021 May 20 01h 22m 10s +09° 36’ 01” 29.00 Pisces
2021 May 21 01h 23m 39s +09° 19’ 42” 29.00 Pisces
2021 May 22 01h 25m 11s +09° 04’ 42” 29.00 Pisces