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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 5:57  ☀️ Transit: 12:05  🌅 Sunset: 18:14

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 is currently in the constellation of Aries. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 is 02h 25m 44s and the Declination is +14° 38’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 is 30.21 (JPL).

02h 25m 44s
+14° 38’ 25”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 75.5°
Max altitude: 53.1°
Azimuth: 284.7°
  • 2021 XF5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 33° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2021 XF5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 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 XF5 in Aries on March, 23 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 in Aries on March, 23 2023
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 XF5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 from Earth is currently 241,105,487 kilometers, equivalent to 1.611691 Astronomical Units. Light takes 13 minutes and 24.2413 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 and arrive to us.

13 minutes and 24.2413 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 XF5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 to Earth happens on Mon Dec 13 2032 at a distance of 0.005201 Astronomical Units, or 778,056 kilometers:

Mon Dec 13 2032

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 is 30.21.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5, 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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35142853
Orbit inclination i 3.37713031°
Perihelion distance q 0.48520307 AU
72,585,347 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.01101777 AU
151,246,106 km
Semi-major axis a 0.74811042 AU
111,915,726 km
Orbital period period 0.6471 years
236.3453 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Nov-12 06:06:58
2,459,895.7548 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Jul-06 14:24
2,460,132.1001 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 344.34972781847°
Longitude of the ascending node node 260.21865138916°
Mean anomaly M 159.54730735789°
Mean motion n 1.52319504°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 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 XF5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2021 XF5 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 XF5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 16 01h 59m 27s +12° 37’ 41” 30.23 Aries
2023 Mar 17 02h 02m 50s +12° 53’ 57” 30.23 Aries
2023 Mar 18 02h 06m 14s +13° 10’ 00” 30.23 Aries
2023 Mar 19 02h 09m 38s +13° 25’ 51” 30.23 Aries
2023 Mar 20 02h 13m 00s +13° 41’ 31” 30.23 Aries
2023 Mar 21 02h 16m 24s +13° 56’ 59” 30.22 Aries
2023 Mar 22 02h 19m 49s +14° 12’ 15” 30.22 Aries
2023 Mar 23 02h 23m 12s +14° 27’ 20” 30.22 Aries
2023 Mar 24 02h 26m 35s +14° 42’ 11” 30.21 Aries
2023 Mar 25 02h 30m 01s +14° 56’ 50” 30.21 Aries
2023 Mar 26 02h 33m 24s +15° 11’ 17” 30.21 Aries
2023 Mar 27 02h 36m 50s +15° 25’ 32” 30.20 Aries
2023 Mar 28 02h 40m 14s +15° 39’ 33” 30.20 Aries
2023 Mar 29 02h 43m 40s +15° 53’ 22” 30.19 Aries