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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 Hydra. The current Right Ascension is 09h 11m 57s and the Declination is +06° 01’ 27”.

09h 11m 57s
+06° 01’ 27”

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

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Hydra on August, 21 2019
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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 212,297,579 kilometers, equivalent to 1.419122 Astronomical Units. Light takes 11 minutes and 48.1485 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

11 minutes and 48.1485 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 28.06.


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: 83.9°
Max altitude: 44.4°
Azimuth: 275.8°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
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
2019 Aug 14 08h 21m 19s +09° 44’ 18” 28.54 Cancer
2019 Aug 15 08h 28m 05s +09° 13’ 59” 28.48 Cancer
2019 Aug 16 08h 34m 54s +08° 43’ 24” 28.42 Cancer
2019 Aug 17 08h 41m 48s +08° 12’ 39” 28.35 Cancer
2019 Aug 18 08h 48m 47s +07° 41’ 47” 28.29 Cancer
2019 Aug 19 08h 55m 50s +07° 10’ 51” 28.22 Cancer
2019 Aug 20 09h 02m 57s +06° 39’ 57” 28.15 Cancer
2019 Aug 21 09h 10m 08s +06° 09’ 08” 28.08 Hydra
2019 Aug 22 09h 17m 23s +05° 38’ 30” 28.02 Hydra
2019 Aug 23 09h 24m 42s +05° 08’ 07” 27.95 Hydra
2019 Aug 24 09h 32m 07s +04° 38’ 03” 27.88 Hydra
2019 Aug 25 09h 39m 34s +04° 08’ 26” 27.81 Hydra
2019 Aug 26 09h 47m 06s +03° 39’ 19” 27.75 Sextans
2019 Aug 27 09h 54m 41s +03° 10’ 45” 27.68 Sextans