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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 Position

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension is 15h 07m 03s and the Declination is -16° 30’ 28”.

15h 07m 03s
-16° 30’ 28”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 in Libra on January, 24 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 Distance

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 from Earth is currently 317,802,119 kilometers, equivalent to 2.124376 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 minutes and 40.0738 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 and arrive to us.

17 minutes and 40.0738 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1 to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 to Earth happens on Sat Nov 3 2018 at a distance of 0.00166423 Astronomical Units, or 248,966 kilometers:

Sat Nov 3 2018

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 is 35.35.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1, 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) 2018 VP1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 106.4°
Max altitude: 22.1°
Azimuth: 253.5°
Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 at epoch 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.42982765
Orbit inclination i 3.24191719°
Perihelion distance q 0.90524100 AU
135,422,126 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.27008310 AU
339,599,599 km
Semi-major axis a 1.58766205 AU
237,510,863 km
Orbital period period 2.0000 years
730.6940 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2018-Sep-28 17:34:55
2,458,390.2326 JD
Next perihelion transit 2020-Sep-28 10:14
2,459,120.9266 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 315.14309521271°
Longitude of the ascending node node 39.819635074603°
Mean anomaly M 103.59503973018°
Mean motion n 0.49268232°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 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) 2018 VP1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VP1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Jan 17 14h 55m 00s -15° 36’ 11” 35.46 Libra
2020 Jan 18 14h 56m 34s -15° 43’ 23” 35.45 Libra
2020 Jan 19 14h 58m 08s -15° 50’ 32” 35.44 Libra
2020 Jan 20 14h 59m 40s -15° 57’ 38” 35.42 Libra
2020 Jan 21 15h 01m 14s -16° 04’ 39” 35.41 Libra
2020 Jan 22 15h 02m 47s -16° 11’ 35” 35.40 Libra
2020 Jan 23 15h 04m 19s -16° 18’ 29” 35.38 Libra
2020 Jan 24 15h 05m 52s -16° 25’ 18” 35.37 Libra
2020 Jan 25 15h 07m 24s -16° 32’ 03” 35.35 Libra
2020 Jan 26 15h 08m 56s -16° 38’ 45” 35.34 Libra
2020 Jan 27 15h 10m 27s -16° 45’ 24” 35.32 Libra
2020 Jan 28 15h 11m 58s -16° 51’ 57” 35.31 Libra
2020 Jan 29 15h 13m 29s -16° 58’ 28” 35.29 Libra
2020 Jan 30 15h 15m 01s -17° 04’ 54” 35.28 Libra