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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 is currently in the constellation of Bootes. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 is 14h 34m 18s and the Declination is +09° 16’ 55” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 is 28.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 [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]:

14h 34m 18s
+09° 16’ 55”
  • 2020 VM5 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the East direction at an altitude of 8° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VM5 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VM5 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 in Bootes on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 in Bootes 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 VM5?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 from Earth is currently 9,269,978 kilometers, equivalent to 0.061966 Astronomical Units. Light takes 30.9213 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 and arrive to us.

30.9213 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 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 VM5 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.002849 Astronomical Units, or 426,204 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 is 28.00.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5, 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 VM5 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 80.7°
Max altitude: 47.8°
Azimuth: 279.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.59522382
Orbit inclination i 7.99904710°
Perihelion distance q 0.85239431 AU
127,516,374 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.35928785 AU
502,542,311 km
Semi-major axis a 2.10584108 AU
315,029,343 km
Orbital period period 3.0600 years
1,116.1866 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-21 21:29:37
2,459,205.3956 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 51.993818308337°
Longitude of the ascending node node 52.887469522397°
Mean anomaly M 293.91570483487°
Mean motion n 0.32252671°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VM5 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 VM5 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 15h 38m 26s +22° 39’ 24” 23.00 Serpens
2020 Nov 18 15h 00m 06s +15° 13’ 09” 26.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 19 14h 48m 11s +12° 40’ 31” 27.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 20 14h 42m 26s +11° 23’ 44” 27.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 21 14h 39m 06s +10° 36’ 56” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 22 14h 36m 55s +10° 04’ 50” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 23 14h 35m 25s +09° 40’ 51” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 24 14h 34m 20s +09° 21’ 47” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 25 14h 33m 34s +09° 05’ 49” 28.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 26 14h 33m 01s +08° 51’ 54” 29.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 27 14h 32m 38s +08° 39’ 17” 29.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 28 14h 32m 21s +08° 27’ 34” 29.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 29 14h 32m 13s +08° 16’ 27” 29.00 Bootes
2020 Nov 30 14h 32m 11s +08° 05’ 43” 29.00 Bootes