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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 is currently in the constellation of Crater. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 is 11h 20m 17s and the Declination is -07° 54’ 01” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 is 24.65 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 [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]:

11h 20m 17s
-07° 54’ 01”
  • 2020 VA5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 21° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VA5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VA5 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 in Crater on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 in Crater 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 VA5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 from Earth is currently 7,130,350 kilometers, equivalent to 0.047663 Astronomical Units. Light takes 23.7843 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 and arrive to us.

23.7843 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 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 VA5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.015269 Astronomical Units, or 2,284,265 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 is 24.65.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5, 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 VA5 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 97.8°
Max altitude: 30.6°
Azimuth: 262.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 at epoch 14 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459168.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.61602934
Orbit inclination i 1.82603554°
Perihelion distance q 0.94847009 AU
141,889,106 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.99185574 AU
597,173,121 km
Semi-major axis a 2.47016292 AU
369,531,113 km
Orbital period period 3.8800 years
1,418.0346 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-09 04:13:08
2,459,192.6758 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 217.4741460475°
Longitude of the ascending node node 227.18459559198°
Mean anomaly M 353.86242980832°
Mean motion n 0.25387251°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VA5 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 VA5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 07h 34m 10s +04° 29’ 21” 20.36 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 18 08h 45m 16s +00° 28’ 46” 21.18 Hydra
2020 Nov 19 09h 36m 25s -02° 27’ 29” 22.01 Hydra
2020 Nov 20 10h 11m 44s -04° 25’ 00” 22.75 Sextans
2020 Nov 21 10h 36m 33s -05° 43’ 36” 23.35 Sextans
2020 Nov 22 10h 54m 33s -06° 38’ 02” 23.85 Leo
2020 Nov 23 11h 08m 07s -07° 17’ 21” 24.26 Crater
2020 Nov 24 11h 18m 38s -07° 46’ 51” 24.60 Crater
2020 Nov 25 11h 27m 03s -08° 09’ 50” 24.88 Crater
2020 Nov 26 11h 33m 57s -08° 28’ 14” 25.12 Crater
2020 Nov 27 11h 39m 43s -08° 43’ 24” 25.32 Crater
2020 Nov 28 11h 44m 38s -08° 56’ 13” 25.49 Crater
2020 Nov 29 11h 48m 52s -09° 07’ 18” 25.64 Crater
2020 Nov 30 11h 52m 36s -09° 17’ 00” 25.77 Crater