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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 04h 34m 12s and the Declination is +21° 26’ 58” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 33.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA [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]:

04h 34m 12s
+21° 26’ 58”
  • 2016 VA is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 53° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 VA is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2016 VA rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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) 2016 VA in Taurus on May, 16 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Taurus on May, 16 2022
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) 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 from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA from Earth is currently 83,507,869 kilometers, equivalent to 0.558216 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 38.5523 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 38.5523 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

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA to Earth happens on Fri Nov 1 2024 at a distance of 0.003780 Astronomical Units, or 565,473 kilometers:

Fri Nov 1 2024

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 33.00.


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: 69.1°
Max altitude: 59.9°
Azimuth: 291.8°

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 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53389280
Orbit inclination i 29.67135119°
Perihelion distance q 0.43088023 AU
64,458,766 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41796583 AU
212,124,670 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92442303 AU
138,291,718 km
Orbital period period 0.8900 years
324.6419 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jul-23 14:54:18
2,459,054.1210 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jun-13 06:18
2,459,378.7629 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 308.80544542766°
Longitude of the ascending node node 219.72783781911°
Mean anomaly M 162.32170133161°
Mean motion n 1.10891418°/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
View Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in the 3D Solar System Simulator

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
2022 May 09 04h 32m 13s +13° 02’ 27” 30.00 Taurus
2022 May 10 04h 33m 30s +13° 53’ 02” 30.00 Taurus
2022 May 11 04h 34m 28s +14° 48’ 15” 31.00 Taurus
2022 May 12 04h 35m 09s +15° 48’ 11” 31.00 Taurus
2022 May 13 04h 35m 31s +16° 52’ 59” 31.00 Taurus
2022 May 14 04h 35m 35s +18° 02’ 38” 32.00 Taurus
2022 May 15 04h 35m 20s +19° 17’ 03” 32.00 Taurus
2022 May 16 04h 34m 45s +20° 36’ 14” 33.00 Taurus
2022 May 17 04h 33m 51s +21° 59’ 56” 33.00 Taurus
2022 May 18 04h 32m 39s +23° 27’ 56” 34.00 Taurus
2022 May 19 04h 31m 08s +24° 59’ 58” 34.00 Taurus
2022 May 20 04h 29m 17s +26° 35’ 39” 35.00 Taurus
2022 May 21 04h 27m 07s +28° 14’ 30” 35.00 Taurus
2022 May 22 04h 24m 41s +29° 56’ 03” 35.00 Taurus