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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 is currently in the constellation of Tucana. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 is 22h 23m 00s and the Declination is -58° 10’ 06” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 is 21.87 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 [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]:

22h 23m 00s
-58° 10’ 06”
Tucana
21.87

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4 in Tucana on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 in Tucana 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 VP4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 from Earth is currently 1,727,830 kilometers, equivalent to 0.011550 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5.7634 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 and arrive to us.

1,727,830
0.011550
5.7634 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4 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 VP4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 to Earth happens on Thu Nov 19 2020 at a distance of 0.007285 Astronomical Units, or 1,089,806 kilometers:

Thu Nov 19 2020
1,089,806
0.007285

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 is 21.87.

21.87

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4, 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 VP4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4 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 VP4 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 VP4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12780412
Orbit inclination i 3.70183034°
Perihelion distance q 0.81009931 AU
121,189,133 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.04750936 AU
156,705,170 km
Semi-major axis a 0.92880434 AU
138,947,151 km
Orbital period period 0.9000 years
326.9526 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Apr-13 05:06:09
2,458,952.7126 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Mar-06 03:57
2,459,279.6652 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 312.12264997025°
Longitude of the ascending node node 234.4324642266°
Mean anomaly M 52.61759908641°
Mean motion n 1.10107708°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VP4 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 VP4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 02h 59m 09s +13° 43’ 58” 18.23 Aries
2020 Nov 18 02h 36m 16s +03° 35’ 05” 18.37 Cetus
2020 Nov 19 02h 08m 13s -09° 09’ 43” 18.60 Cetus
2020 Nov 20 01h 34m 02s -23° 18’ 38” 19.02 Cetus
2020 Nov 21 00h 53m 21s -36° 28’ 45” 19.62 Sculptor
2020 Nov 22 00h 07m 02s -46° 43’ 24” 20.33 Phoenix
2020 Nov 23 23h 17m 57s -53° 36’ 57” 21.07 Grus
2020 Nov 24 22h 30m 02s -57° 45’ 37” 21.77 Tucana
2020 Nov 25 21h 46m 51s -60° 00’ 30” 22.42 Indus
2020 Nov 26 21h 10m 05s -61° 04’ 35” 23.02 Pavo
2020 Nov 27 20h 39m 42s -61° 27’ 12” 23.56 Pavo
2020 Nov 28 20h 14m 57s -61° 26’ 30” 24.00 Pavo
2020 Nov 29 19h 54m 43s -61° 13’ 04” 24.00 Pavo
2020 Nov 30 19h 38m 04s -60° 52’ 50” 25.00 Pavo