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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:43  
clear_day Transit: 11:47  
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Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA

Altitude: 23.7°   Azimuth: 137.0°   Direction: South-East

Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is currently in the constellation of Aquarius.

The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 21h 55m 35s and the Declination is -05° 55’ 15” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA is 29.14 (JPL).

21h 55m 35s
-05° 55’ 15”

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

Azimuth: 95.9°
Max altitude: 32.5°
Azimuth: 263.9°
  • 2016 VA is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
  • Right now it is placed in the South-East direction at an altitude of 24° above the horizon.
  • 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.

Finder chart of 2016 VA in Aquarius on December,02 2023
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Aquarius on December, 02 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Finder chart of 2016 VA
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA in Aquarius on December, 02 2023
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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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 99,198,170 kilometers, equivalent to 0.663099 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5 minutes and 30.8895 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2016 VA and arrive to us.

5 minutes and 30.8895 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 and Light Curve

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 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.53390992
Orbit inclination i 29.67732201°
Perihelion distance q 0.43086016 AU
64,455,763 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.41796769 AU
212,124,947 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92441392 AU
138,290,355 km
Orbital period period 0.8888 years
324.6371 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2023-Mar-24 13:43:22
2,460,028.0718 JD
Next perihelion transit 2024-Feb-12 05:00
2,460,352.7089 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 308.83488591294°
Longitude of the ascending node node 219.70740155855°
Mean anomaly M 329.42479811713°
Mean motion n 1.10893057°/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
2023 Nov 25 21h 44m 57s -01° 37’ 09” 29.05 Aquarius
2023 Nov 26 21h 46m 18s -02° 12’ 50” 29.07 Aquarius
2023 Nov 27 21h 47m 39s -02° 47’ 54” 29.08 Aquarius
2023 Nov 28 21h 49m 01s -03° 22’ 27” 29.09 Aquarius
2023 Nov 29 21h 50m 26s -03° 56’ 29” 29.10 Aquarius
2023 Nov 30 21h 51m 50s -04° 29’ 58” 29.11 Aquarius
2023 Dec 01 21h 53m 16s -05° 02’ 59” 29.12 Aquarius
2023 Dec 02 21h 54m 42s -05° 35’ 31” 29.13 Aquarius
2023 Dec 03 21h 56m 09s -06° 07’ 37” 29.14 Aquarius
2023 Dec 04 21h 57m 38s -06° 39’ 18” 29.15 Aquarius
2023 Dec 05 21h 59m 07s -07° 10’ 33” 29.16 Aquarius
2023 Dec 06 22h 00m 36s -07° 41’ 26” 29.16 Aquarius
2023 Dec 07 22h 02m 06s -08° 11’ 57” 29.17 Aquarius
2023 Dec 08 22h 03m 35s -08° 42’ 07” 29.18 Aquarius