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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 is currently in the constellation of Monoceros. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 is 06h 45m 37s and the Declination is +06° 04’ 52” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 is 19.70 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 [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]:

06h 45m 37s
+06° 04’ 52”
  • 2020 VK6 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-West direction at an altitude of 41° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VK6 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VK6 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 in Monoceros on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 in Monoceros 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 VK6?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 from Earth is currently 5,302,440 kilometers, equivalent to 0.035445 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.6870 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 and arrive to us.

17.6870 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 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 VK6 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 to Earth happens on Wed Nov 25 2020 at a distance of 0.033574 Astronomical Units, or 5,022,651 kilometers:

Wed Nov 25 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 is 19.70.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6, 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 VK6 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 84.3°
Max altitude: 44.7°
Azimuth: 276.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 at epoch 14 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459168.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.63904281
Orbit inclination i 1.97253806°
Perihelion distance q 0.94013852 AU
140,642,721 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.26900282 AU
638,633,733 km
Semi-major axis a 2.60457067 AU
389,638,227 km
Orbital period period 4.2000 years
1,535.3332 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-21 03:49:37
2,459,204.6595 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 18.311496083433°
Longitude of the ascending node node 80.458306889894°
Mean anomaly M 351.52144604432°
Mean motion n 0.23447679°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VK6 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 VK6 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 58m 13s +06° 51’ 07” 20.31 Taurus
2020 Nov 18 04h 10m 35s +06° 53’ 44” 20.16 Taurus
2020 Nov 19 04h 25m 22s +06° 55’ 59” 20.00 Taurus
2020 Nov 20 04h 43m 09s +06° 57’ 06” 19.87 Taurus
2020 Nov 21 05h 04m 45s +06° 55’ 50” 19.75 Orion
2020 Nov 22 05h 30m 51s +06° 50’ 09” 19.67 Orion
2020 Nov 23 06h 02m 12s +06° 37’ 05” 19.64 Orion
2020 Nov 24 06h 38m 54s +06° 13’ 05” 19.68 Monoceros
2020 Nov 25 07h 20m 11s +05° 35’ 20” 19.80 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 26 08h 03m 52s +04° 44’ 03” 20.03 Canis Minoris
2020 Nov 27 08h 47m 00s +03° 43’ 36” 20.35 Hydra
2020 Nov 28 09h 26m 48s +02° 40’ 55” 20.73 Hydra
2020 Nov 29 10h 01m 37s +01° 42’ 06” 21.14 Sextans
2020 Nov 30 10h 31m 05s +00° 50’ 27” 21.55 Sextans