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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 is currently in the constellation of Pictor. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 is 04h 52m 12s and the Declination is -42° 44’ 57” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 is 23.94 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 [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 52m 12s
-42° 44’ 57”
Pictor
23.94

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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2 in Pictor on June, 15 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 in Pictor on June, 15 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) 2021 LS2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 from Earth is currently 3,594,713 kilometers, equivalent to 0.024029 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11.9907 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 and arrive to us.

3,594,713
0.024029
11.9907 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 to Earth happens on Fri Jun 11 2021 at a distance of 0.008119 Astronomical Units, or 1,214,650 kilometers:

Fri Jun 11 2021
1,214,650
0.008119

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 is 23.94.

23.94

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2, 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) 2021 LS2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 at epoch 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.33327041
Orbit inclination i 11.59902886°
Perihelion distance q 0.96017115 AU
143,639,560 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.92007044 AU
287,238,450 km
Semi-major axis a 1.44012080 AU
215,439,005 km
Orbital period period 1.7300 years
631.2433 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jul-15 12:57:07
2,459,411.0397 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 221.57097758057°
Longitude of the ascending node node 78.339695669558°
Mean anomaly M 239.92858476914°
Mean motion n 0.57030305°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 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) 2021 LS2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2021 LS2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jun 08 15h 20m 57s +01° 35’ 08” 20.55 Serpens
2021 Jun 09 15h 04m 56s -07° 35’ 15” 19.87 Libra
2021 Jun 10 14h 32m 26s -24° 38’ 29” 19.25 Libra
2021 Jun 11 13h 01m 08s -52° 33’ 24” 19.36 Centaurus
2021 Jun 12 08h 38m 02s -66° 23’ 40” 20.57 Volans
2021 Jun 13 06h 03m 15s -56° 55’ 06” 21.94 Pictor
2021 Jun 14 05h 15m 52s -48° 51’ 20” 23.00 Pictor
2021 Jun 15 04h 55m 05s -43° 43’ 49” 23.77 Pictor
2021 Jun 16 04h 43m 37s -40° 19’ 50” 24.36 Caelum
2021 Jun 17 04h 36m 23s -37° 56’ 12” 24.82 Caelum
2021 Jun 18 04h 31m 24s -36° 09’ 42” 25.19 Eridanus
2021 Jun 19 04h 27m 48s -34° 47’ 25” 25.50 Eridanus
2021 Jun 20 04h 25m 05s -33° 41’ 34” 25.76 Eridanus
2021 Jun 21 04h 22m 59s -32° 47’ 21” 25.98 Eridanus