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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 1566 Icarus

Asteroid 1566 Icarus is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 1566 Icarus is 22h 02m 14s and the Declination is -23° 16’ 40” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 1566 Icarus is 18.20 (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]:

22h 02m 14s
-23° 16’ 40”

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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 Aquarius on January, 31 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 1566 Icarus in Aquarius on January, 31 2023
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 1566 Icarus is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

1566 Icarus
RA: 22h 02m 14s
Dec: -23° 16’ 40”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 1566 Icarus
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 1566 Icarus?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 1566 Icarus in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 1566 Icarus Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 1566 Icarus from Earth is currently 259,959,102 kilometers, equivalent to 1.737719 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 27.1302 seconds to travel from Asteroid 1566 Icarus and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 27.1302 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 6,552,427 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 18.20.


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: 113.2°
Max altitude: 15.4°
Azimuth: 246.9°

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 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.82694358
Orbit inclination i 22.80421610°
Perihelion distance q 0.18657090 AU
27,910,609 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.96961489 AU
294,650,195 km
Semi-major axis a 1.07809290 AU
161,280,402 km
Orbital period period 1.1194 years
408.8676 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Jan-20 14:59:49
2,459,600.1249 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-05 11:49
2,460,008.9925 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 31.437507617456°
Longitude of the ascending node node 87.96160578065°
Mean anomaly M 0.33029004815949°
Mean motion n 0.88048061°/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
2023 Jan 24 21h 41m 22s -25° 30’ 24” 18.58 Pisces Austrinus
2023 Jan 25 21h 44m 12s -25° 13’ 13” 18.53 Pisces Austrinus
2023 Jan 26 21h 47m 04s -24° 55’ 33” 18.48 Pisces Austrinus
2023 Jan 27 21h 49m 58s -24° 37’ 27” 18.43 Capricornus
2023 Jan 28 21h 52m 53s -24° 18’ 50” 18.37 Capricornus
2023 Jan 29 21h 55m 49s -23° 59’ 40” 18.32 Capricornus
2023 Jan 30 21h 58m 46s -23° 39’ 59” 18.27 Capricornus
2023 Jan 31 22h 01m 46s -23° 19’ 42” 18.21 Aquarius
2023 Feb 01 22h 04m 49s -22° 58’ 50” 18.15 Aquarius
2023 Feb 02 22h 07m 53s -22° 37’ 20” 18.09 Aquarius
2023 Feb 03 22h 10m 58s -22° 15’ 11” 18.03 Aquarius
2023 Feb 04 22h 14m 04s -21° 52’ 18” 17.97 Aquarius
2023 Feb 05 22h 17m 15s -21° 28’ 42” 17.90 Aquarius
2023 Feb 06 22h 20m 26s -21° 04’ 21” 17.84 Aquarius