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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:45  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:23

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 00h 39m 27s and the Declination is -08° 28’ 25” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 33.74 (JPL).

00h 39m 27s
-08° 28’ 25”

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

Azimuth: 98.7°
Max altitude: 29.9°
Azimuth: 261.5°
  • 2016 VA is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Given its current magnitude, 2016 VA is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Available Resources

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 Cetus on March, 28 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Cetus on March, 28 2023
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 88,174,480 kilometers, equivalent to 0.589410 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 54.1184 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 54.1184 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA 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.

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 33.74.


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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA as a function of time

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53395777
Orbit inclination i 29.67379523°
Perihelion distance q 0.43082914 AU
64,451,123 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41805545 AU
212,138,076 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92444230 AU
138,294,599 km
Orbital period period 0.8888 years
324.6520 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-May-03 22:03:53
2,459,703.4194 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Mar-24 13:42
2,460,028.0714 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 308.81912711272°
Longitude of the ascending node node 219.71549248455°
Mean anomaly M 245.87481819544°
Mean motion n 1.10887952°/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
2023 Mar 21 01h 15m 27s -10° 08’ 57” 30.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 22 01h 12m 20s -10° 08’ 58” 30.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 23 01h 08m 44s -10° 05’ 52” 31.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 24 01h 04m 36s -09° 59’ 08” 31.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 25 01h 00m 02s -09° 48’ 28” 32.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 26 00h 55m 01s -09° 33’ 25” 32.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 27 00h 49m 37s -09° 13’ 46” 33.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 28 00h 43m 53s -08° 49’ 20” 33.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 29 00h 37m 53s -08° 20’ 02” 34.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 30 00h 31m 41s -07° 45’ 56” 34.00 Cetus
2023 Mar 31 00h 25m 24s -07° 07’ 14” 34.00 Cetus
2023 Apr 01 00h 19m 05s -06° 24’ 15” 34.00 Cetus
2023 Apr 02 00h 12m 51s -05° 37’ 24” 33.00 Pisces
2023 Apr 03 00h 06m 46s -04° 47’ 14” 33.00 Pisces