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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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 VB3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 is currently in the constellation of Lupus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 is 15h 08m 05s and the Declination is -52° 16’ 46” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 is 29.19 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 [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]:

15h 08m 05s
-52° 16’ 46”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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 VB3 in Lupus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 in Lupus 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 from Earth is currently 3,679,171 kilometers, equivalent to 0.024594 Astronomical Units. Light takes 12.2724 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 and arrive to us.

12.2724 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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 VB3 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 VB3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.003939 Astronomical Units, or 589,316 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 is 29.19.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3, 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 VB3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 rise and set times

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

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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) 2020 VB3 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 VB3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.17303590
Orbit inclination i 4.76170714°
Perihelion distance q 0.85395764 AU
127,750,245 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.21132582 AU
181,211,763 km
Semi-major axis a 1.03264173 AU
154,481,004 km
Orbital period period 1.0500 years
383.2860 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Jan-09 05:19:06
2,458,857.7216 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Jan-26 12:10
2,459,241.0076 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 268.4150690987°
Longitude of the ascending node node 231.98604786441°
Mean anomaly M 134.10410584323°
Mean motion n 0.93924646°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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 VB3
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VB3 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 VB3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 00h 29m 07s -69° 47’ 39” 21.32 Tucana
2020 Nov 18 17h 41m 08s -77° 49’ 46” 23.55 Apus
2020 Nov 19 15h 56m 02s -68° 08’ 20” 25.00 Triangulum Australis
2020 Nov 20 15h 31m 10s -62° 07’ 28” 27.00 Triangulum Australis
2020 Nov 21 15h 20m 23s -58° 20’ 08” 28.00 Circinus
2020 Nov 22 15h 14m 25s -55° 45’ 23” 28.00 Circinus
2020 Nov 23 15h 10m 36s -53° 53’ 11” 29.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 24 15h 08m 02s -52° 27’ 46” 29.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 25 15h 06m 11s -51° 20’ 11” 30.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 26 15h 04m 49s -50° 25’ 00” 30.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 27 15h 03m 47s -49° 38’ 47” 30.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 28 15h 03m 03s -48° 59’ 11” 30.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 29 15h 02m 31s -48° 24’ 38” 31.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 30 15h 02m 09s -47° 54’ 01” 31.00 Lupus