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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 is currently in the constellation of Lupus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 is 15h 43m 16s and the Declination is -32° 03’ 56” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 is 34.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 [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]:

15h 43m 16s
-32° 03’ 56”
Lupus
34.00

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 in Lupus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 in Lupus 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 VR4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 from Earth is currently 9,400,463 kilometers, equivalent to 0.062838 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31.3566 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 and arrive to us.

9,400,463
0.062838
31.3566 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 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 VR4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.015122 Astronomical Units, or 2,262,197 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020
2,262,197
0.015122

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 is 34.00.

34.00

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4, 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 VR4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.9°
Max altitude: 6.7°
Azimuth: 238.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 at epoch 13 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459167.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.48346821
Orbit inclination i 4.23601372°
Perihelion distance q 0.73726845 AU
110,293,790 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.11741913 AU
316,761,395 km
Semi-major axis a 1.42734379 AU
213,527,592 km
Orbital period period 1.7100 years
622.8612 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-05 07:35:44
2,459,219.8165 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 259.04426032814°
Longitude of the ascending node node 231.08889398634°
Mean anomaly M 329.76222702662°
Mean motion n 0.57797784°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VR4 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 VR4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 19h 46m 54s -33° 55’ 29” 21.00 Sagittarius
2020 Nov 18 18h 17m 03s -37° 00’ 20” 24.00 Corona Australis
2020 Nov 19 17h 19m 37s -36° 42’ 23” 26.00 Scorpius
2020 Nov 20 16h 43m 59s -35° 37’ 45” 28.00 Scorpius
2020 Nov 21 16h 20m 44s -34° 32’ 21” 30.00 Scorpius
2020 Nov 22 16h 04m 41s -33° 35’ 41” 32.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 23 15h 53m 03s -32° 48’ 17” 33.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 24 15h 44m 18s -32° 08’ 40” 34.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 25 15h 37m 32s -31° 35’ 17” 34.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 26 15h 32m 09s -31° 06’ 48” 33.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 27 15h 27m 48s -30° 42’ 14” 33.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 28 15h 24m 15s -30° 20’ 45” 33.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 29 15h 21m 20s -30° 01’ 50” 32.00 Lupus
2020 Nov 30 15h 18m 55s -29° 44’ 58” 32.00 Libra