Asteroid 99942 Apophis
Asteroid 99942 Apophis Position
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Asteroid 99942 Apophis Distance
The distance of Asteroid 99942 Apophis from Earth is currently 106,292,929 kilometers, equivalent to 0.710524 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 minutes and 54.5550 seconds to travel from Asteroid 99942 Apophis and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 99942 Apophis 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.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of 99942 Apophis from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest approach of Asteroid 99942 Apophis to Earth
Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 99942 Apophis to Earth happens on Sat Apr 14 2029 at a distance of 0.00043724 Astronomical Units, or 65,410 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 99942 Apophis brightness
The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 99942 Apophis, 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.
Asteroid 99942 Apophis rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 99942 Apophis 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 99942 Apophis Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||0.74607243 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2009-Mar-04 09:54:01
|Next perihelion transit||2010-Jan-22 00:13
|Argument of perihelion||peri||126.40187952485°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||204.44602891898°|
Visualization of Asteroid 99942 Apophis Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 99942 Apophis with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 99942 Apophis 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!
Asteroid 99942 Apophis Physical Data
The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 99942 Apophis. Source: JPL Small-Body Database
|Physical Parameter||Value||Relative to Earth|
|Sideral Rotation||30.4000 hours||1.2701|
Asteroid 99942 Apophis 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 99942 Apophis computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 99942 Apophis in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2020 Mar 22||05h 21m 15s||+18° 28’ 17”||21.10||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 23||05h 24m 44s||+18° 35’ 12”||21.11||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 24||05h 28m 14s||+18° 41’ 48”||21.12||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 25||05h 31m 44s||+18° 48’ 07”||21.14||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 26||05h 35m 12s||+18° 54’ 08”||21.15||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 27||05h 38m 40s||+18° 59’ 52”||21.16||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 28||05h 42m 08s||+19° 05’ 17”||21.17||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 29||05h 45m 35s||+19° 10’ 24”||21.18||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 30||05h 49m 02s||+19° 15’ 15”||21.19||Taurus|
|2020 Mar 31||05h 52m 28s||+19° 19’ 47”||21.20||Orion|
|2020 Apr 01||05h 55m 54s||+19° 24’ 02”||21.21||Orion|
|2020 Apr 02||05h 59m 20s||+19° 28’ 01”||21.22||Orion|
|2020 Apr 03||06h 02m 44s||+19° 31’ 42”||21.23||Orion|
|2020 Apr 04||06h 06m 09s||+19° 35’ 07”||21.24||Orion|