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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2

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Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is currently in the constellation of Capricornus. The current Right Ascension is 20h 27m 20s and the Declination is -18° 34’ 16”.

20h 27m 20s
-18° 34’ 16”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 in Capricornus on January, 24 2020
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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

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 from Earth is currently 288,962,726 kilometers, equivalent to 1.931597 Astronomical Units. Light takes 16 minutes and 3.8759 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 and arrive to us.

16 minutes and 3.8759 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

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 20 2028 at a distance of 0.01073581 Astronomical Units, or 1,606,054 kilometers:

Mon Nov 20 2028

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 28.86.


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: 108.7°
Max altitude: 19.9°
Azimuth: 251.4°
Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20597854
Orbit inclination i 1.39002562°
Perihelion distance q 0.71045398 AU
106,282,402 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.07905427 AU
161,424,221 km
Semi-major axis a 0.89475412 AU
133,853,312 km
Orbital period period 0.8500 years
309.1391 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Dec-29 16:41:31
2,458,482.1955 JD
Next perihelion transit 2019-Nov-03 20:01
2,458,791.3346 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 295.81759761978°
Longitude of the ascending node node 251.91428021636°
Mean anomaly M 137.76845294864°
Mean motion n 1.16452418°/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
2020 Jan 17 19h 54m 25s -20° 20’ 53” 28.76 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 18 19h 58m 48s -20° 08’ 08” 28.77 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 19 20h 03m 07s -19° 55’ 04” 28.79 Sagittarius
2020 Jan 20 20h 07m 27s -19° 41’ 39” 28.80 Capricornus
2020 Jan 21 20h 11m 44s -19° 27’ 53” 28.82 Capricornus
2020 Jan 22 20h 15m 59s -19° 13’ 49” 28.83 Capricornus
2020 Jan 23 20h 20m 12s -18° 59’ 26” 28.84 Capricornus
2020 Jan 24 20h 24m 24s -18° 44’ 44” 28.85 Capricornus
2020 Jan 25 20h 28m 35s -18° 29’ 45” 28.87 Capricornus
2020 Jan 26 20h 32m 43s -18° 14’ 30” 28.88 Capricornus
2020 Jan 27 20h 36m 50s -17° 58’ 57” 28.89 Capricornus
2020 Jan 28 20h 40m 54s -17° 43’ 08” 28.90 Capricornus
2020 Jan 29 20h 44m 58s -17° 27’ 03” 28.91 Capricornus
2020 Jan 30 20h 49m 00s -17° 10’ 44” 28.92 Capricornus