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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA

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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is currently in the constellation of Aquarius. The current Right Ascension is 21h 35m 45s and the Declination is +02° 15’ 19”.

21h 35m 45s
+02° 15’ 19”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Aquarius on January, 24 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA Distance

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA from Earth is currently 328,951,276 kilometers, equivalent to 2.198903 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 17.2633 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

18 minutes and 17.2633 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA to Earth happens on Wed Nov 2 2016 at a distance of 0.00071879 Astronomical Units, or 107,530 kilometers:

Wed Nov 2 2016

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 31.02.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA, 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) 2016 VA between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 87.8°
Max altitude: 40.8°
Azimuth: 272.3°
Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53386003
Orbit inclination i 29.67184790°
Perihelion distance q 0.43092502 AU
64,465,466 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41798322 AU
212,127,271 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92445412 AU
138,296,369 km
Orbital period period 0.8900 years
324.6583 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2019-Sep-02 23:32:13
2,458,729.4807 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Jul-23 15:20
2,459,054.1390 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 308.80910360052°
Longitude of the ascending node node 219.73606569972°
Mean anomaly M 216.97867434801°
Mean motion n 1.10885824°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 17 21h 15m 00s +01° 14’ 06” 31.00 Aquarius
2020 Jan 18 21h 17m 44s +01° 21’ 51” 31.01 Aquarius
2020 Jan 19 21h 20m 26s +01° 29’ 42” 31.01 Aquarius
2020 Jan 20 21h 23m 09s +01° 37’ 36” 31.01 Aquarius
2020 Jan 21 21h 25m 51s +01° 45’ 33” 31.01 Aquarius
2020 Jan 22 21h 28m 33s +01° 53’ 33” 31.01 Aquarius
2020 Jan 23 21h 31m 14s +02° 01’ 36” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 24 21h 33m 56s +02° 09’ 45” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 25 21h 36m 35s +02° 17’ 54” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 26 21h 39m 15s +02° 26’ 08” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 27 21h 41m 56s +02° 34’ 26” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 28 21h 44m 35s +02° 42’ 46” 31.02 Aquarius
2020 Jan 29 21h 47m 13s +02° 51’ 10” 31.02 Pegasus
2020 Jan 30 21h 49m 51s +02° 59’ 35” 31.02 Pegasus