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Asteroid 1566 Icarus

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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Position

Asteroid 1566 Icarus is currently in the constellation of Corvus. The current Right Ascension is 12h 56m 30s and the Declination is -17° 48’ 10”.

12h 56m 30s
-17° 48’ 10”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 1566 Icarus is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 1566 Icarus in Corvus on October, 16 2019
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 1566 Icarus is right now (view fullscreen)

1566 Icarus
RA: 12h 56m 30s
Dec: -17° 48’ 10”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 1566 Icarus
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Distance

The distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth is currently 100,084,114 kilometers, equivalent to 0.669021 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 minutes and 33.8447 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1566 Icarus and arrive to us.

5 minutes and 33.8447 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 1566 Icarus to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 1566 Icarus to Earth happens on Wed Jun 14 2090 at a distance of 0.04380042 Astronomical Units, or 6,552,450 kilometers:

Wed Jun 14 2090

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

Asteroid 1566 Icarus brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 1566 Icarus is 22.00.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 1566 Icarus, 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 1566 Icarus between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 107.7°
Max altitude: 21.1°
Azimuth: 252.8°
Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 1566 Icarus at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82692777
Orbit inclination i 22.82649437°
Perihelion distance q 0.18658824 AU
27,913,204 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.96960097 AU
294,648,112 km
Semi-major axis a 1.07809461 AU
161,280,658 km
Orbital period period 1.1200 years
408.8686 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Oct-25 19:16:59
2,458,782.3035 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 31.380821344416°
Longitude of the ascending node node 88.004723882475°
Mean anomaly M 199.92595515442°
Mean motion n 0.88047852°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 1566 Icarus Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 1566 Icarus with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus
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Asteroid 1566 Icarus 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 1566 Icarus computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 1566 Icarus in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2019 Oct 09 12h 59m 22s -29° 34’ 26” 20.00 Hydra
2019 Oct 10 12h 58m 42s -27° 57’ 43” 20.00 Hydra
2019 Oct 11 12h 58m 06s -26° 20’ 30” 21.00 Hydra
2019 Oct 12 12h 57m 33s -24° 42’ 51” 21.00 Hydra
2019 Oct 13 12h 57m 06s -23° 04’ 56” 21.00 Hydra
2019 Oct 14 12h 56m 44s -21° 26’ 58” 21.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 15 12h 56m 30s -19° 49’ 14” 22.00 Corvus
2019 Oct 16 12h 56m 27s -18° 12’ 05” 22.00 Corvus
2019 Oct 17 12h 56m 36s -16° 35’ 57” 22.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 18 12h 57m 02s -15° 01’ 27” 22.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 19 12h 57m 50s -13° 29’ 25” 21.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 20 12h 59m 03s -12° 00’ 51” 21.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 21 13h 00m 50s -10° 37’ 14” 20.00 Virgo
2019 Oct 22 13h 03m 20s -09° 20’ 25” 19.00 Virgo