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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 is currently in the constellation of Vela. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 is 10h 29m 01s and the Declination is -47° 48’ 37” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 is 23.65 (JPL).

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10h 29m 01s
-47° 48’ 37”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1 in Vela on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 in Vela 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 VL1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 from Earth is currently 4,760,891 kilometers, equivalent to 0.031825 Astronomical Units. Light takes 15.8806 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 and arrive to us.

15.8806 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1 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 VL1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 13 2020 at a distance of 0.009726 Astronomical Units, or 1,454,932 kilometers:

Fri Nov 13 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 is 23.65.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1, 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 VL1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1 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 VL1 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 VL1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.23193228
Orbit inclination i 5.28943252°
Perihelion distance q 0.96347453 AU
144,133,738 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.54535251 AU
231,181,446 km
Semi-major axis a 1.25441352 AU
187,657,592 km
Orbital period period 1.4000 years
513.1679 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-13 23:48:47
2,459,197.4922 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 218.92737504409°
Longitude of the ascending node node 226.84441183715°
Mean anomaly M 221.80509182847°
Mean motion n 0.70152473°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VL1 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 VL1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 07h 41m 45s -51° 26’ 30” 20.93 Carina
2020 Nov 18 08h 28m 02s -51° 58’ 23” 21.50 Vela
2020 Nov 19 09h 03m 01s -51° 36’ 50” 21.99 Vela
2020 Nov 20 09h 29m 17s -50° 54’ 09” 22.42 Vela
2020 Nov 21 09h 49m 18s -50° 05’ 26” 22.78 Vela
2020 Nov 22 10h 04m 54s -49° 17’ 17” 23.10 Vela
2020 Nov 23 10h 17m 18s -48° 32’ 12” 23.37 Vela
2020 Nov 24 10h 27m 25s -47° 51’ 02” 23.61 Vela
2020 Nov 25 10h 35m 49s -47° 13’ 49” 23.82 Vela
2020 Nov 26 10h 42m 56s -46° 40’ 18” 24.01 Vela
2020 Nov 27 10h 49m 01s -46° 10’ 09” 24.17 Vela
2020 Nov 28 10h 54m 21s -45° 43’ 00” 24.32 Vela
2020 Nov 29 10h 59m 04s -45° 18’ 29” 24.45 Vela
2020 Nov 30 11h 03m 17s -44° 56’ 18” 24.57 Vela