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Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5

Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 is currently in the constellation of Perseus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 is 03h 38m 26s and the Declination is +33° 37’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 is 22.87 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 [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]:

03h 38m 26s
+33° 37’ 41”
  • 2019 VL5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-North-East direction at an altitude of 25° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2019 VL5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2019 VL5 rise and set times.
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Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 in Perseus on October, 21 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 in Perseus on October, 21 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) 2019 VL5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 from Earth is currently 18,352,822 kilometers, equivalent to 0.122681 Astronomical Units. Light takes 1 minutes and 1.2184 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 and arrive to us.

1 minutes and 1.2184 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 to Earth happens on Sun Nov 15 2020 at a distance of 0.021733 Astronomical Units, or 3,251,182 kilometers:

Sun Nov 15 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 is 22.87.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5, 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) 2019 VL5 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 56.4°
Max altitude: 71.8°
Azimuth: 303.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.27957601
Orbit inclination i 1.58751601°
Perihelion distance q 0.72110873 AU
107,876,331 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.28079220 AU
191,603,786 km
Semi-major axis a 1.00095046 AU
149,740,058 km
Orbital period period 1.0000 years
365.7778 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-27 01:31:58
2,458,875.5639 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jan-26 20:11
2,459,241.3416 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 231.26406817156°
Longitude of the ascending node node 285.57743550066°
Mean anomaly M 122.96265376571°
Mean motion n 0.98420416°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 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) 2019 VL5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2019 VL5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Oct 14 03h 35m 39s +30° 24’ 15” 23.66 Taurus
2020 Oct 15 03h 36m 10s +30° 45’ 20” 23.57 Taurus
2020 Oct 16 03h 36m 38s +31° 07’ 18” 23.47 Perseus
2020 Oct 17 03h 37m 05s +31° 30’ 15” 23.37 Perseus
2020 Oct 18 03h 37m 27s +31° 54’ 18” 23.27 Perseus
2020 Oct 19 03h 37m 46s +32° 19’ 33” 23.17 Perseus
2020 Oct 20 03h 38m 03s +32° 46’ 10” 23.07 Perseus
2020 Oct 21 03h 38m 16s +33° 14’ 18” 22.96 Perseus
2020 Oct 22 03h 38m 25s +33° 44’ 09” 22.85 Perseus
2020 Oct 23 03h 38m 30s +34° 15’ 56” 22.73 Perseus
2020 Oct 24 03h 38m 30s +34° 49’ 51” 22.62 Perseus
2020 Oct 25 03h 38m 27s +35° 26’ 17” 22.50 Perseus
2020 Oct 26 03h 38m 18s +36° 05’ 33” 22.38 Perseus
2020 Oct 27 03h 38m 04s +36° 48’ 02” 22.25 Perseus