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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 04h 56m 46s and the Declination is +22° 20’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 29.35 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 [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 56m 46s
+22° 20’ 45”
  • 2017 VN2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 16° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2017 VN2 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2017 VN2 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 in Taurus on May, 17 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 in Taurus on May, 17 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) 2017 VN2?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 from Earth is currently 262,239,563 kilometers, equivalent to 1.752963 Astronomical Units. Light takes 14 minutes and 34.7370 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 and arrive to us.

14 minutes and 34.7370 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 20 2028 at a distance of 0.010548 Astronomical Units, or 1,578,001 kilometers:

Mon Nov 20 2028

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 29.35.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2, 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) 2017 VN2 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 67.7°
Max altitude: 60.8°
Azimuth: 292.4°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20596889
Orbit inclination i 1.39007262°
Perihelion distance q 0.71046054 AU
106,283,385 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.07904249 AU
161,422,459 km
Semi-major axis a 0.89475152 AU
133,852,922 km
Orbital period period 0.8500 years
309.1378 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Sep-07 23:12:18
2,459,100.4669 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-14 02:30
2,459,409.6047 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 295.81181678973°
Longitude of the ascending node node 251.90803688727°
Mean anomaly M 243.58564552206°
Mean motion n 1.16452927°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 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) 2017 VN2
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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 May 10 04h 22m 32s +21° 21’ 18” 29.43 Taurus
2021 May 11 04h 26m 52s +21° 30’ 16” 29.42 Taurus
2021 May 12 04h 31m 10s +21° 38’ 53” 29.41 Taurus
2021 May 13 04h 35m 31s +21° 47’ 06” 29.40 Taurus
2021 May 14 04h 39m 55s +21° 54’ 55” 29.39 Taurus
2021 May 15 04h 44m 18s +22° 02’ 18” 29.38 Taurus
2021 May 16 04h 48m 43s +22° 09’ 18” 29.37 Taurus
2021 May 17 04h 53m 11s +22° 15’ 51” 29.36 Taurus
2021 May 18 04h 57m 38s +22° 21’ 59” 29.35 Taurus
2021 May 19 05h 02m 08s +22° 27’ 41” 29.34 Taurus
2021 May 20 05h 06m 39s +22° 32’ 54” 29.33 Taurus
2021 May 21 05h 11m 12s +22° 37’ 41” 29.32 Taurus
2021 May 22 05h 15m 46s +22° 42’ 01” 29.31 Taurus
2021 May 23 05h 20m 21s +22° 45’ 51” 29.30 Taurus