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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)

Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is 20h 24m 41s and the Declination is -22° 16’ 08” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is 22.71 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) [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]:

20h 24m 41s
-22° 16’ 08”
Capricornus
22.71
  • 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 10° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) rise and set times.
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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) in Capricornus on January, 24 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) in Capricornus on January, 24 2021
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]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)
RA: 20h 24m 41s
Dec: -22° 16’ 08”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) from Earth is currently 330,429,524 kilometers, equivalent to 2.208785 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 22.1943 seconds to travel from Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) and arrive to us.

330,429,524
2.208785
18 minutes and 22.1943 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 0.005008 Astronomical Units, or 749,230 kilometers:

Thu Sep 23 2060
749,230
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 22.71.

22.71

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: 112.3°
Max altitude: 16.3°
Azimuth: 247.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 101955 Bennu (1999 RQ36) 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 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
2021 Jan 17 19h 58m 54s -23° 44’ 39” 22.75 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 18 20h 02m 23s -23° 33’ 41” 22.75 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 19 20h 05m 53s -23° 22’ 23” 22.74 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 20 20h 09m 21s -23° 10’ 47” 22.73 Capricornus
2021 Jan 21 20h 12m 50s -22° 58’ 54” 22.73 Capricornus
2021 Jan 22 20h 16m 18s -22° 46’ 42” 22.72 Capricornus
2021 Jan 23 20h 19m 46s -22° 34’ 14” 22.72 Capricornus
2021 Jan 24 20h 23m 16s -22° 21’ 25” 22.71 Capricornus
2021 Jan 25 20h 26m 44s -22° 08’ 21” 22.71 Capricornus
2021 Jan 26 20h 30m 11s -21° 54’ 59” 22.71 Capricornus
2021 Jan 27 20h 33m 39s -21° 41’ 18” 22.70 Capricornus
2021 Jan 28 20h 37m 08s -21° 27’ 20” 22.70 Capricornus
2021 Jan 29 20h 40m 35s -21° 13’ 05” 22.70 Capricornus
2021 Jan 30 20h 44m 03s -20° 58’ 32” 22.70 Capricornus