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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 Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 06h 42m 04s and the Declination is +21° 56’ 10” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 is 29.11 (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]:

06h 42m 04s
+21° 56’ 10”
  • 2017 VN2 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 60° 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 Gemini on May, 16 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 in Gemini on May, 16 2022
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 119,655,501 kilometers, equivalent to 0.799848 Astronomical Units. Light takes 6 minutes and 39.1278 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2017 VN2 and arrive to us.

6 minutes and 39.1278 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 29.11.


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: 68.0°
Max altitude: 60.5°
Azimuth: 291.9°

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 16 December 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459200.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20596342
Orbit inclination i 1.38996294°
Perihelion distance q 0.71048591 AU
106,287,179 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.07906870 AU
161,426,380 km
Semi-major axis a 0.89477730 AU
133,856,780 km
Orbital period period 0.8500 years
309.1511 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Sep-07 23:22:34
2,459,100.4740 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jul-14 03:00
2,459,409.6252 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 295.81518154648°
Longitude of the ascending node node 251.90519206262°
Mean anomaly M 116.47815798057°
Mean motion n 1.16447893°/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
2022 May 09 06h 08m 33s +22° 18’ 01” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 10 06h 12m 57s +22° 16’ 32” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 11 06h 17m 21s +22° 14’ 39” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 12 06h 21m 46s +22° 12’ 20” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 13 06h 26m 09s +22° 09’ 37” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 14 06h 30m 33s +22° 06’ 28” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 15 06h 34m 55s +22° 02’ 54” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 16 06h 39m 18s +21° 58’ 59” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 17 06h 43m 40s +21° 54’ 38” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 18 06h 48m 01s +21° 49’ 54” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 19 06h 52m 20s +21° 44’ 47” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 20 06h 56m 40s +21° 39’ 18” 29.11 Gemini
2022 May 21 07h 01m 00s +21° 33’ 25” 29.12 Gemini
2022 May 22 07h 05m 17s +21° 27’ 12” 29.12 Gemini