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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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) 2018 VS4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 is currently in the constellation of Phoenix. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 is 01h 57m 49s and the Declination is -45° 10’ 13” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 is 22.46 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 [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]:

01h 57m 49s
-45° 10’ 13”
Phoenix
22.46

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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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) 2018 VS4 in Phoenix on October, 27 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 in Phoenix on October, 27 2020
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) 2018 VS4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 from Earth is currently 12,377,883 kilometers, equivalent to 0.082741 Astronomical Units. Light takes 41.2882 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 and arrive to us.

12,377,883
0.082741
41.2882 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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 VS4 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 VS4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 9 2020 at a distance of 0.038147 Astronomical Units, or 5,706,752 kilometers:

Mon Nov 9 2020
5,706,752
0.038147

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 is 22.46.

22.46

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4, 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 VS4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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 VS4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35508235
Orbit inclination i 16.43543722°
Perihelion distance q 1.02383098 AU
153,162,935 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.15124411 AU
321,821,539 km
Semi-major axis a 1.58753755 AU
237,492,237 km
Orbital period period 2.0000 years
730.6080 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-14 17:21:42
2,459,168.2234 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 6.7204596143734°
Longitude of the ascending node node 45.499582891079°
Mean anomaly M 277.35591807785°
Mean motion n 0.49274028°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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 VS4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2018 VS4 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 VS4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 20 02h 11m 45s -53° 30’ 27” 23.49 Eridanus
2020 Oct 21 02h 10m 20s -52° 50’ 38” 23.38 Eridanus
2020 Oct 22 02h 08m 49s -52° 05’ 41” 23.27 Eridanus
2020 Oct 23 02h 07m 14s -51° 14’ 56” 23.15 Eridanus
2020 Oct 24 02h 05m 30s -50° 17’ 30” 23.03 Eridanus
2020 Oct 25 02h 03m 42s -49° 12’ 24” 22.90 Eridanus
2020 Oct 26 02h 01m 45s -47° 58’ 23” 22.75 Eridanus
2020 Oct 27 01h 59m 43s -46° 34’ 00” 22.60 Phoenix
2020 Oct 28 01h 57m 32s -44° 57’ 25” 22.44 Phoenix
2020 Oct 29 01h 55m 13s -43° 06’ 28” 22.27 Phoenix
2020 Oct 30 01h 52m 45s -40° 58’ 22” 22.08 Phoenix
2020 Oct 31 01h 50m 08s -38° 29’ 49” 21.88 Fornax
2020 Nov 01 01h 47m 21s -35° 36’ 50” 21.66 Fornax
2020 Nov 02 01h 44m 25s -32° 14’ 32” 21.43 Sculptor