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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 is currently in the constellation of Ursa Major. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 is 11h 33m 01s and the Declination is +30° 46’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 is 25.76 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 [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 33m 01s
+30° 46’ 11”
Ursa Major
  • 2020 VH5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 53° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VH5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VH5 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 in Ursa Major on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 in Ursa Major 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 VH5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 from Earth is currently 6,517,987 kilometers, equivalent to 0.043570 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21.7417 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 and arrive to us.

21.7417 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 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 VH5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 13 2020 at a distance of 0.001691 Astronomical Units, or 253,021 kilometers:

Fri Nov 13 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 is 25.76.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5, 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 VH5 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 59.3°
Max altitude: 69.3°
Azimuth: 300.7°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.49760323
Orbit inclination i 4.97409475°
Perihelion distance q 0.98477710 AU
147,320,558 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.93553910 AU
439,150,400 km
Semi-major axis a 1.96015810 AU
293,235,479 km
Orbital period period 2.7400 years
1,002.3862 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-23 02:03:18
2,459,176.5856 JD
Next perihelion transit 2023-Aug-22 11:19
2,460,178.9718 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 11.55983408992°
Longitude of the ascending node node 51.44368003004°
Mean anomaly M 296.76007418411°
Mean motion n 0.35914301°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VH5 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 VH5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 11h 14m 11s +34° 07’ 00” 23.38 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 18 11h 20m 39s +33° 01’ 00” 23.99 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 19 11h 24m 36s +32° 19’ 26” 24.45 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 20 11h 27m 15s +31° 50’ 44” 24.81 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 21 11h 29m 09s +31° 29’ 35” 25.10 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 22 11h 30m 38s +31° 13’ 18” 25.34 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 23 11h 31m 47s +31° 00’ 14” 25.55 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 24 11h 32m 45s +30° 49’ 27” 25.73 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 25 11h 33m 34s +30° 40’ 19” 25.89 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 26 11h 34m 17s +30° 32’ 30” 26.03 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 27 11h 34m 54s +30° 25’ 38” 26.16 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 28 11h 35m 26s +30° 19’ 35” 26.27 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 29 11h 35m 56s +30° 14’ 09” 26.38 Ursa Major
2020 Nov 30 11h 36m 21s +30° 09’ 19” 26.47 Ursa Major