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Asteroid 2012 VP113

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Asteroid 2012 VP113 Position

Asteroid 2012 VP113 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension is 03h 36m 20s and the Declination is +03° 47’ 39”.

03h 36m 20s
+03° 47’ 39”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 2012 VP113 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 2012 VP113 in Taurus on March, 28 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 2012 VP113 is right now (view fullscreen)

2012 VP113
RA: 03h 36m 20s
Dec: +03° 47’ 39”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2012 VP113
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Asteroid 2012 VP113 Distance

The distance of Asteroid 2012 VP113 from Earth is currently 12,664,344,844 kilometers, equivalent to 84.655916 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 hours, 44 minutes and 3.7073 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2012 VP113 and arrive to us.

11 hours, 44 minutes and 3.7073 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 2012 VP113 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 2012 VP113 to Earth happens on Sun Nov 10 2013 at a distance of 82.06298226 Astronomical Units, or 12,276,447,433 kilometers:

Sun Nov 10 2013

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

Asteroid 2012 VP113 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2012 VP113 is 23.36.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2012 VP113, 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 2012 VP113 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 86.2°
Max altitude: 42.3°
Azimuth: 273.8°
Asteroid 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2012 VP113 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.69253805
Orbit inclination i 24.10820800°
Perihelion distance q 80.39881918 AU
12,027,492,181 km
Aphelion distance Q 442.58504355 AU
66,209,780,251 km
Semi-major axis a 261.49193137 AU
39,118,636,216 km
Orbital period period 4,228.5900 years
1,544,492.7215 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1978-Jun-07 18:06:42
2,443,667.2547 JD
Next perihelion transit 6207-Feb-10 11:25
3,988,159.9761 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 293.57018963867°
Longitude of the ascending node node 90.682939902091°
Mean anomaly M 3.5739684915652°
Mean motion n 0.00023309°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2012 VP113 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2012 VP113 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2012 VP113 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 2012 VP113
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Asteroid 2012 VP113 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2012 VP113 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2012 VP113 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 21 03h 36m 06s +03° 45’ 28” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 22 03h 36m 07s +03° 45’ 46” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 23 03h 36m 10s +03° 46’ 04” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 24 03h 36m 11s +03° 46’ 22” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 25 03h 36m 14s +03° 46’ 38” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 26 03h 36m 15s +03° 46’ 57” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 27 03h 36m 18s +03° 47’ 15” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 28 03h 36m 20s +03° 47’ 32” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 29 03h 36m 21s +03° 47’ 50” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 30 03h 36m 24s +03° 48’ 09” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Mar 31 03h 36m 25s +03° 48’ 25” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Apr 01 03h 36m 28s +03° 48’ 43” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Apr 02 03h 36m 30s +03° 49’ 01” 23.36 Taurus
2020 Apr 03 03h 36m 33s +03° 49’ 19” 23.35 Taurus