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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 is currently in the constellation of Hydra. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 is 09h 40m 14s and the Declination is +01° 07’ 03” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 is 22.80 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 [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]:

09h 40m 14s
+01° 07’ 03”
Hydra
22.80
  • 2020 VS1 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-South-East direction at an altitude of 38° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VS1 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VS1 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 in Hydra on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 in Hydra 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 VS1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 from Earth is currently 6,344,132 kilometers, equivalent to 0.042408 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21.1617 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 and arrive to us.

6,344,132
0.042408
21.1617 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 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 VS1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 to Earth happens on Mon Nov 16 2020 at a distance of 0.018708 Astronomical Units, or 2,798,651 kilometers:

Mon Nov 16 2020
2,798,651
0.018708

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 is 22.80.

22.80

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1, 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 VS1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 89.8°
Max altitude: 39.6°
Azimuth: 270.8°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 at epoch 08 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459162.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.60422873
Orbit inclination i 3.10939725°
Perihelion distance q 0.98931765 AU
147,999,814 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.01012384 AU
599,905,989 km
Semi-major axis a 2.49972074 AU
373,952,901 km
Orbital period period 3.9500 years
1,443.5628 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-29 13:36:46
2,459,183.0672 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 196.33669359233°
Longitude of the ascending node node 234.94918297333°
Mean anomaly M 354.87088851095°
Mean motion n 0.24938299°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS1 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 VS1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 06h 16m 37s +21° 55’ 05” 19.73 Gemini
2020 Nov 18 07h 11m 32s +17° 43’ 41” 20.22 Gemini
2020 Nov 19 07h 54m 56s +13° 33’ 12” 20.74 Gemini
2020 Nov 20 08h 27m 53s +09° 57’ 05” 21.24 Cancer
2020 Nov 21 08h 52m 46s +07° 01’ 59” 21.69 Cancer
2020 Nov 22 09h 11m 48s +04° 42’ 55” 22.10 Hydra
2020 Nov 23 09h 26m 40s +02° 52’ 18” 22.44 Hydra
2020 Nov 24 09h 38m 30s +01° 23’ 29” 22.75 Hydra
2020 Nov 25 09h 48m 06s +00° 11’ 11” 23.02 Sextans
2020 Nov 26 09h 55m 59s -00° 48’ 28” 23.25 Sextans
2020 Nov 27 10h 02m 38s -01° 38’ 22” 23.45 Sextans
2020 Nov 28 10h 08m 16s -02° 20’ 39” 23.64 Sextans
2020 Nov 29 10h 13m 05s -02° 56’ 53” 23.80 Sextans
2020 Nov 30 10h 17m 17s -03° 28’ 13” 23.94 Sextans