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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)

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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Position

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 13h 41m 27s and the Declination is -15° 57’ 55”.

13h 41m 27s
-15° 57’ 55”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) in Virgo on August, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is right now (view fullscreen)

101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)
RA: 13h 41m 27s
Dec: -15° 57’ 55”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)
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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Distance

The distance of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) from Earth is currently 224,287,081 kilometers, equivalent to 1.499267 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12 minutes and 28.1412 seconds to travel from Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) and arrive to us.

224,287,081
1.499267
12 minutes and 28.1412 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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. The value of the distance of 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) to Earth happens on Thu Sep 23 2060 at a distance of 0.00500833 Astronomical Units, or 749,235 kilometers:

Thu Sep 23 2060
749,235
0.005008

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is 23.91.

23.91

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36), 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 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.0°
Max altitude: 22.5°
Azimuth: 253.9°
Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) touches the horizon, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) at epoch 31 December 2010 00:00 UTC (JD: 2455562.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20374511
Orbit inclination i 6.03493953°
Perihelion distance q 0.89689436 AU
134,173,487 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.35588769 AU
202,837,911 km
Semi-major axis a 1.12639103 AU
168,505,699 km
Orbital period period 1.2000 years
436.6487 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2010-Aug-30 15:24:24
2,455,439.1419 JD
Next perihelion transit 2011-Nov-10 06:58
2,455,875.7907 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 66.223068460884°
Longitude of the ascending node node 2.0608673293736°
Mean anomaly M 101.70394794733°
Mean motion n 0.82446135°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)
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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Aug 14 13h 22m 13s -14° 07’ 49” 23.88 Virgo
2019 Aug 15 13h 24m 51s -14° 23’ 17” 23.89 Virgo
2019 Aug 16 13h 27m 29s -14° 38’ 41” 23.89 Virgo
2019 Aug 17 13h 30m 07s -14° 54’ 00” 23.90 Virgo
2019 Aug 18 13h 32m 47s -15° 09’ 11” 23.90 Virgo
2019 Aug 19 13h 35m 26s -15° 24’ 17” 23.90 Virgo
2019 Aug 20 13h 38m 07s -15° 39’ 17” 23.91 Virgo
2019 Aug 21 13h 40m 46s -15° 54’ 11” 23.91 Virgo
2019 Aug 22 13h 43m 27s -16° 08’ 57” 23.92 Virgo
2019 Aug 23 13h 46m 08s -16° 23’ 39” 23.92 Virgo
2019 Aug 24 13h 48m 50s -16° 38’ 12” 23.92 Virgo
2019 Aug 25 13h 51m 32s -16° 52’ 41” 23.93 Virgo
2019 Aug 26 13h 54m 14s -17° 07’ 01” 23.93 Virgo
2019 Aug 27 13h 56m 57s -17° 21’ 15” 23.93 Virgo