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Asteroid 1566 Icarus

Asteroid 1566 Icarus is currently in the constellation of Corona Australis. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 1566 Icarus is 18h 02m 40s and the Declination is -44° 16’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 1566 Icarus is 19.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 1566 Icarus [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]:

18h 02m 40s
-44° 16’ 01”
Corona Australis

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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus in Corona Australis on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 1566 Icarus in Corona Australis on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = 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 1566 Icarus is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

1566 Icarus
RA: 18h 02m 40s
Dec: -44° 16’ 01”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 1566 Icarus
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth is currently 148,800,412 kilometers, equivalent to 0.994669 Astronomical Units. Light takes 8 minutes and 16.3447 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1566 Icarus and arrive to us.

8 minutes and 16.3447 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 0.043800 Astronomical Units, or 6,552,457 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 19.00.


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

Asteroid 1566 Icarus is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 1566 Icarus 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 1566 Icarus Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 1566 Icarus at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82702133
Orbit inclination i 22.82211333°
Perihelion distance q 0.18650023 AU
27,900,037 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.96983762 AU
294,683,514 km
Semi-major axis a 1.07816892 AU
161,291,776 km
Orbital period period 1.1200 years
408.9109 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-07 17:32:02
2,459,191.2306 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 31.393343507169°
Longitude of the ascending node node 87.997543593571°
Mean anomaly M 192.08318129386°
Mean motion n 0.88038748°/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
2020 Oct 20 18h 00m 46s -45° 45’ 30” 19.14 Ara
2020 Oct 21 18h 00m 59s -45° 33’ 48” 19.12 Ara
2020 Oct 22 18h 01m 13s -45° 22’ 09” 19.11 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 23 18h 01m 27s -45° 10’ 29” 19.09 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 24 18h 01m 42s -44° 58’ 50” 19.07 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 25 18h 01m 59s -44° 47’ 08” 19.05 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 26 18h 02m 15s -44° 35’ 26” 19.03 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 27 18h 02m 30s -44° 23’ 40” 19.01 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 28 18h 02m 45s -44° 11’ 50” 18.99 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 29 18h 03m 02s -43° 59’ 57” 18.97 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 30 18h 03m 15s -43° 47’ 57” 18.94 Corona Australis
2020 Oct 31 18h 03m 29s -43° 35’ 48” 18.92 Corona Australis
2020 Nov 01 18h 03m 42s -43° 23’ 32” 18.89 Corona Australis
2020 Nov 02 18h 03m 52s -43° 11’ 06” 18.86 Corona Australis