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Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4

Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 is currently in the constellation of Hercules. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 is 16h 29m 16s and the Declination is +32° 24’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 is 25.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 [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]:

16h 29m 16s
+32° 24’ 40”
Hercules
25.00
  • 2022 WA4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 29° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2022 WA4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2022 WA4 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 in Hercules on November, 30 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 in Hercules on November, 30 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) 2022 WA4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 from Earth is currently 2,094,806 kilometers, equivalent to 0.014003 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6.9875 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 and arrive to us.

2,094,806
0.014003
6.9875 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 to Earth happens on Thu Nov 24 2022 at a distance of 0.003908 Astronomical Units, or 584,703 kilometers:

Thu Nov 24 2022
584,703
0.003908

Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 is 25.00.

25.00

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4, 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) 2022 WA4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 57.1°
Max altitude: 70.6°
Azimuth: 301.3°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12824412
Orbit inclination i 4.22155961°
Perihelion distance q 0.93105209 AU
139,283,411 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.20498648 AU
180,263,412 km
Semi-major axis a 1.06801929 AU
159,773,412 km
Orbital period period 1.1038 years
403.1504 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Jan-17 18:44:23
2,459,962.2808 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 63.734117984629°
Longitude of the ascending node node 58.73756709074°
Mean anomaly M 34.128462413284°
Mean motion n 0.89296704°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 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) 2022 WA4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2022 WA4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2022 Nov 23 01h 53m 54s +29° 08’ 45” 18.42 Triangulum
2022 Nov 24 00h 10m 59s +51° 14’ 53” 18.77 Cassiopeia
2022 Nov 25 20h 34m 28s +60° 44’ 30” 19.92 Cepheus
2022 Nov 26 18h 14m 15s +52° 51’ 23” 21.31 Draco
2022 Nov 27 17h 20m 17s +44° 56’ 33” 22.48 Hercules
2022 Nov 28 16h 54m 39s +39° 30’ 42” 23.40 Hercules
2022 Nov 29 16h 39m 59s +35° 46’ 39” 24.00 Hercules
2022 Nov 30 16h 30m 30s +33° 05’ 38” 25.00 Hercules
2022 Dec 01 16h 23m 53s +31° 04’ 40” 25.00 Corona Borealis
2022 Dec 02 16h 19m 00s +29° 30’ 15” 26.00 Corona Borealis
2022 Dec 03 16h 15m 15s +28° 14’ 07” 26.00 Corona Borealis
2022 Dec 04 16h 12m 17s +27° 10’ 57” 26.00 Corona Borealis
2022 Dec 05 16h 09m 55s +26° 17’ 17” 26.00 Corona Borealis
2022 Dec 06 16h 07m 58s +25° 30’ 42” 27.00 Hercules