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Asteroid 1566 Icarus

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Asteroid 1566 Icarus Position

Asteroid 1566 Icarus is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 23m 44s and the Declination is -22° 24’ 27”.

17h 23m 44s
-22° 24’ 27”

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 Ophiucus on December, 11 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: 17h 23m 44s
Dec: -22° 24’ 27”
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 304,059,717 kilometers, equivalent to 2.032514 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 54.2340 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1566 Icarus and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 54.2340 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 18.85.


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: 112.4°
Max altitude: 16.1°
Azimuth: 247.5°
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
Next perihelion transit 2020-Dec-07 16:07
2,459,191.1720 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 Dec 04 16h 59m 07s -21° 10’ 09” 18.62 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 05 17h 02m 39s -21° 21’ 47” 18.65 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 06 17h 06m 08s -21° 32’ 56” 18.69 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 07 17h 09m 37s -21° 43’ 38” 18.72 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 08 17h 13m 00s -21° 53’ 56” 18.76 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 09 17h 16m 23s -22° 03’ 48” 18.79 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 10 17h 19m 41s -22° 13’ 17” 18.82 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 11 17h 22m 59s -22° 22’ 23” 18.84 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 12 17h 26m 13s -22° 31’ 05” 18.87 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 13 17h 29m 26s -22° 39’ 26” 18.89 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 14 17h 32m 35s -22° 47’ 26” 18.91 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 15 17h 35m 44s -22° 55’ 06” 18.93 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 16 17h 38m 49s -23° 02’ 26” 18.95 Ophiucus
2019 Dec 17 17h 41m 53s -23° 09’ 29” 18.96 Ophiucus