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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 is currently in the constellation of Gemini. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 is 07h 31m 02s and the Declination is +26° 53’ 19” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 is 22.59 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 [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]:

07h 31m 02s
+26° 53’ 19”
  • 2020 VA3 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 62° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VA3 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VA3 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 in Gemini on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 in Gemini on November, 24 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) 2020 VA3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 from Earth is currently 5,396,126 kilometers, equivalent to 0.036071 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.9995 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 and arrive to us.

17.9995 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.028458 Astronomical Units, or 4,257,257 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 is 22.59.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3, 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) 2020 VA3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 63.7°
Max altitude: 65.5°
Azimuth: 296.6°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 at epoch 11 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459165.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37515602
Orbit inclination i 0.45321382°
Perihelion distance q 1.01159773 AU
151,332,866 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.22632328 AU
333,053,223 km
Semi-major axis a 1.61896050 AU
242,193,045 km
Orbital period period 2.0600 years
752.4070 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-24 14:11:12
2,459,178.0911 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 157.19171409063°
Longitude of the ascending node node 266.85484239826°
Mean anomaly M 353.97559612897°
Mean motion n 0.47846447°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 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) 2020 VA3
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 05h 04m 48s +31° 23’ 03” 21.43 Auriga
2020 Nov 18 05h 29m 54s +31° 23’ 29” 21.58 Auriga
2020 Nov 19 05h 54m 01s +31° 06’ 10” 21.73 Auriga
2020 Nov 20 06h 16m 36s +30° 34’ 00” 21.89 Auriga
2020 Nov 21 06h 37m 27s +29° 50’ 30” 22.06 Auriga
2020 Nov 22 06h 56m 22s +28° 59’ 17” 22.23 Gemini
2020 Nov 23 07h 13m 24s +28° 03’ 29” 22.39 Gemini
2020 Nov 24 07h 28m 36s +27° 05’ 44” 22.56 Gemini
2020 Nov 25 07h 42m 08s +26° 07’ 57” 22.71 Gemini
2020 Nov 26 07h 54m 08s +25° 11’ 27” 22.86 Gemini
2020 Nov 27 08h 04m 49s +24° 17’ 11” 23.01 Cancer
2020 Nov 28 08h 14m 17s +23° 25’ 38” 23.14 Cancer
2020 Nov 29 08h 22m 44s +22° 37’ 06” 23.27 Cancer
2020 Nov 30 08h 30m 14s +21° 51’ 42” 23.39 Cancer