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Asteroid 2012 VP113

Altitude: 43.3°   Azimuth: 172.4°   Direction: South

Asteroid 2012 VP113 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2012 VP113 is 03h 45m 23s and the Declination is +05° 00’ 50” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2012 VP113 is 23.45 (JPL).

03h 45m 23s
+05° 00’ 50”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 2012 VP113 from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 85.0°
Max altitude: 43.5°
Azimuth: 275.0°
  • 2012 VP113 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South direction at an altitude of 43° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2012 VP113 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid 2012 VP113 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2012 VP113 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.

Finder chart of 2012 VP113 in Taurus on June,04 2023
Map showing Asteroid 2012 VP113 in Taurus on June, 04 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2012 VP113
Map showing Asteroid 2012 VP113 in Taurus on June, 04 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 2012 VP113 is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2012 VP113
RA: 03h 45m 23s
Dec: +05° 00’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2012 VP113
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2012 VP113?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2012 VP113 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2012 VP113 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2012 VP113 from Earth is currently 12,783,674,947 kilometers, equivalent to 85.453589 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 hours, 50 minutes and 41.7497 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2012 VP113 and arrive to us.

11 hours, 50 minutes and 41.7497 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 2012 VP113 from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2012 VP113 to Earth happens on Sun Nov 10 2013 at a distance of 82.063585 Astronomical Units, or 12,276,537,551 kilometers:

Sun Nov 10 2013

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

Asteroid 2012 VP113 Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 2012 VP113 as a function of time

Asteroid 2012 VP113 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2012 VP113 at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.70513218
Orbit inclination i 24.03841774°
Perihelion distance q 80.50161195 AU
12,042,869,760 km
Aphelion distance Q 465.51668600 AU
69,640,305,140 km
Semi-major axis a 273.00914897 AU
40,841,587,450 km
Orbital period period 4,511.0122 years
1,647,647.2152 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1979-May-14 19:11:07
2,444,008.2994 JD
Next perihelion transit 6490-Jun-21 00:20
4,091,655.5145 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 293.9605494904°
Longitude of the ascending node node 90.821755631519°
Mean anomaly M 3.4941898765033°
Mean motion n 0.00021849°/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
2023 May 28 03h 45m 02s +04° 59’ 36” 23.44 Taurus
2023 May 29 03h 45m 05s +04° 59’ 47” 23.44 Taurus
2023 May 30 03h 45m 07s +04° 59’ 57” 23.45 Taurus
2023 May 31 03h 45m 11s +05° 00’ 07” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 01 03h 45m 12s +05° 00’ 16” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 02 03h 45m 15s +05° 00’ 27” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 03 03h 45m 19s +05° 00’ 35” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 04 03h 45m 21s +05° 00’ 46” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 05 03h 45m 24s +05° 00’ 55” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 06 03h 45m 28s +05° 01’ 03” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 07 03h 45m 30s +05° 01’ 11” 23.45 Taurus
2023 Jun 08 03h 45m 33s +05° 01’ 19” 23.46 Taurus
2023 Jun 09 03h 45m 37s +05° 01’ 27” 23.46 Taurus
2023 Jun 10 03h 45m 39s +05° 01’ 36” 23.46 Taurus