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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 is a Near Earth Object. If you've heard news about a potential impact of this asteroid with the Earth, please check out Will Asteroid Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 is 20h 27m 07s and the Declination is -19° 13’ 22” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 is 31.23 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 [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]:

20h 27m 07s
-19° 13’ 22”
Capricornus
31.23
  • 2015 VO142 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 19° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2015 VO142 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2015 VO142 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142 in Capricornus on January, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 in Capricornus on January, 26 2021
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]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 from Earth is currently 327,938,156 kilometers, equivalent to 2.192131 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 13.8839 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 and arrive to us.

327,938,156
2.192131
18 minutes and 13.8839 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142 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.

Closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 to Earth happens on Tue Mar 17 2026 at a distance of 0.006908 Astronomical Units, or 1,033,454 kilometers:

Tue Mar 17 2026
1,033,454
0.006908

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 is 31.23.

31.23

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142, 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.3°
Azimuth: 250.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12594326
Orbit inclination i 0.28437367°
Perihelion distance q 0.93933032 AU
140,521,816 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.21002745 AU
181,017,530 km
Semi-major axis a 1.07467888 AU
160,769,673 km
Orbital period period 1.1100 years
406.9270 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jun-26 22:12:08
2,459,027.4251 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Aug-07 20:27
2,459,434.3521 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 20.469534195707°
Longitude of the ascending node node 95.257410250653°
Mean anomaly M 336.17991444806°
Mean motion n 0.88467958°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 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 (NEO) 2015 VO142
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Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2015 VO142 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Jan 19 20h 00m 54s -20° 35’ 44” 31.13 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 20 20h 04m 23s -20° 25’ 38” 31.15 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 21 20h 07m 54s -20° 15’ 16” 31.16 Capricornus
2021 Jan 22 20h 11m 24s -20° 04’ 40” 31.18 Capricornus
2021 Jan 23 20h 14m 53s -19° 53’ 47” 31.19 Capricornus
2021 Jan 24 20h 18m 21s -19° 42’ 38” 31.20 Capricornus
2021 Jan 25 20h 21m 50s -19° 31’ 14” 31.21 Capricornus
2021 Jan 26 20h 25m 17s -19° 19’ 36” 31.22 Capricornus
2021 Jan 27 20h 28m 45s -19° 07’ 44” 31.23 Capricornus
2021 Jan 28 20h 32m 11s -18° 55’ 36” 31.25 Capricornus
2021 Jan 29 20h 35m 38s -18° 43’ 14” 31.25 Capricornus
2021 Jan 30 20h 39m 02s -18° 30’ 38” 31.26 Capricornus
2021 Jan 31 20h 42m 29s -18° 17’ 48” 31.27 Capricornus
2021 Feb 01 20h 45m 52s -18° 04’ 45” 31.28 Capricornus