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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 03h 34m 49s and the Declination is +13° 27’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 28.84 (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]:

03h 34m 49s
+13° 27’ 56”
  • 2016 VA is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 34° 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, 08 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Taurus on May, 08 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) 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 257,280,398 kilometers, equivalent to 1.719813 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 18.1950 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 18.1950 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 28.84.


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: 76.5°
Max altitude: 52.0°
Azimuth: 283.5°

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 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53387171
Orbit inclination i 29.67157639°
Perihelion distance q 0.43090610 AU
64,462,635 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41796732 AU
212,124,893 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92443671 AU
138,293,764 km
Orbital period period 0.8900 years
324.6491 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jul-23 15:01:11
2,459,054.1258 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jun-13 06:35
2,459,378.7749 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 308.80193322909°
Longitude of the ascending node node 219.73308023169°
Mean anomaly M 300.53487851432°
Mean motion n 1.10888957°/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
2021 May 01 03h 02m 30s +13° 12’ 42” 29.07 Aries
2021 May 02 03h 06m 33s +13° 15’ 20” 29.04 Aries
2021 May 03 03h 10m 40s +13° 17’ 48” 29.01 Aries
2021 May 04 03h 14m 48s +13° 20’ 04” 28.98 Aries
2021 May 05 03h 19m 00s +13° 22’ 09” 28.95 Aries
2021 May 06 03h 23m 16s +13° 24’ 01” 28.92 Aries
2021 May 07 03h 27m 33s +13° 25’ 41” 28.89 Taurus
2021 May 08 03h 31m 54s +13° 27’ 09” 28.86 Taurus
2021 May 09 03h 36m 20s +13° 28’ 23” 28.83 Taurus
2021 May 10 03h 40m 48s +13° 29’ 26” 28.80 Taurus
2021 May 11 03h 45m 20s +13° 30’ 15” 28.77 Taurus
2021 May 12 03h 49m 54s +13° 30’ 51” 28.74 Taurus
2021 May 13 03h 54m 34s +13° 31’ 15” 28.71 Taurus
2021 May 14 03h 59m 17s +13° 31’ 27” 28.68 Taurus