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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 Cancer. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 09h 24m 15s and the Declination is +16° 27’ 23” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 29.32 (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]:

09h 24m 15s
+16° 27’ 23”
  • 2020 XF is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 2° 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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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF available on TheSkyLive:

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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 Cancer on September, 26 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF in Cancer on September, 26 2022
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 211,764,951 kilometers, equivalent to 1.415561 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 46.3718 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 46.3718 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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 XF is 29.32.


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: 73.4°
Max altitude: 55.1°
Azimuth: 286.5°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.09560807
Orbit inclination i 4.37843004°
Perihelion distance q 0.82737781 AU
123,773,958 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.00231079 AU
149,943,561 km
Semi-major axis a 0.91484430 AU
136,858,759 km
Orbital period period 0.8750 years
319.6092 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Apr-30 06:18:36
2,459,699.7629 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-15 20:55
2,460,019.3721 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 211.67044828606°
Longitude of the ascending node node 71.223209504263°
Mean anomaly M 248.19265500753°
Mean motion n 1.12637576°/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
2022 Sep 19 08h 54m 55s +18° 12’ 39” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 20 08h 58m 45s +17° 59’ 54” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 21 09h 02m 35s +17° 46’ 53” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 22 09h 06m 25s +17° 33’ 33” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 23 09h 10m 15s +17° 19’ 55” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 24 09h 14m 04s +17° 06’ 02” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 25 09h 17m 53s +16° 51’ 51” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 26 09h 21m 42s +16° 37’ 24” 29.32 Cancer
2022 Sep 27 09h 25m 30s +16° 22’ 41” 29.32 Leo
2022 Sep 28 09h 29m 17s +16° 07’ 41” 29.32 Leo
2022 Sep 29 09h 33m 05s +15° 52’ 27” 29.32 Leo
2022 Sep 30 09h 36m 51s +15° 36’ 56” 29.32 Leo
2022 Oct 01 09h 40m 37s +15° 21’ 10” 29.32 Leo
2022 Oct 02 09h 44m 24s +15° 05’ 08” 29.32 Leo