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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 Scorpius. The current Right Ascension is 16h 25m 35s and the Declination is -26° 05’ 20”.

16h 25m 35s
-26° 05’ 20”

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 Scorpius on October, 16 2019
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
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: 16h 25m 35s
Dec: -26° 05’ 20”
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 263,011,354 kilometers, equivalent to 1.758122 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 37.3114 seconds to travel from Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) and arrive to us.

263,011,354
1.758122
14 minutes and 37.3114 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 23.90.

23.90

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: 116.1°
Max altitude: 12.4°
Azimuth: 243.9°
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 Oct 09 16h 02m 29s -25° 18’ 24” 23.92 Scorpius
2019 Oct 10 16h 05m 38s -25° 25’ 33” 23.92 Scorpius
2019 Oct 11 16h 08m 48s -25° 32’ 31” 23.92 Scorpius
2019 Oct 12 16h 11m 58s -25° 39’ 15” 23.91 Scorpius
2019 Oct 13 16h 15m 10s -25° 45’ 46” 23.91 Scorpius
2019 Oct 14 16h 18m 21s -25° 52’ 02” 23.90 Scorpius
2019 Oct 15 16h 21m 33s -25° 58’ 05” 23.90 Scorpius
2019 Oct 16 16h 24m 47s -26° 03’ 55” 23.90 Scorpius
2019 Oct 17 16h 28m 00s -26° 09’ 29” 23.89 Scorpius
2019 Oct 18 16h 31m 15s -26° 14’ 49” 23.89 Scorpius
2019 Oct 19 16h 34m 31s -26° 19’ 56” 23.88 Scorpius
2019 Oct 20 16h 37m 46s -26° 24’ 47” 23.88 Scorpius
2019 Oct 21 16h 41m 03s -26° 29’ 25” 23.88 Scorpius
2019 Oct 22 16h 44m 20s -26° 33’ 47” 23.87 Scorpius