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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 is currently in the constellation of Leo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 is 09h 54m 24s and the Declination is +29° 39’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 is 22.16 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 [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 54m 24s
+29° 39’ 11”
  • 2020 VS4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-East direction at an altitude of 63° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VS4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VS4 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 in Leo on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 in Leo 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 VS4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 from Earth is currently 5,290,916 kilometers, equivalent to 0.035368 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.6486 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 and arrive to us.

17.6486 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 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 VS4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 to Earth happens on Tue Nov 17 2020 at a distance of 0.010974 Astronomical Units, or 1,641,677 kilometers:

Tue Nov 17 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 is 22.16.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4, 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 VS4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 61.4°
Max altitude: 68.1°
Azimuth: 299.0°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 at epoch 14 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459168.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.64477344
Orbit inclination i 1.78206477°
Perihelion distance q 0.99475194 AU
148,812,772 km
Aphelion distance Q 4.60591004 AU
689,034,336 km
Semi-major axis a 2.80033099 AU
418,923,554 km
Orbital period period 4.6900 years
1,711.6402 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Nov-23 05:47:03
2,459,176.7410 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Jul-31 21:08
2,460,888.3812 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 17.16937961924°
Longitude of the ascending node node 45.625054884665°
Mean anomaly M 358.26671170092°
Mean motion n 0.21032458°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VS4 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 VS4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 17m 15s +46° 25’ 51” 18.17 Perseus
2020 Nov 18 05h 41m 35s +52° 17’ 57” 18.70 Auriga
2020 Nov 19 07h 34m 59s +48° 34’ 31” 19.49 Lynx
2020 Nov 20 08h 36m 15s +42° 51’ 02” 20.23 Lynx
2020 Nov 21 09h 09m 51s +38° 08’ 51” 20.85 Lynx
2020 Nov 22 09h 30m 12s +34° 37’ 45” 21.35 Leo Minor
2020 Nov 23 09h 43m 38s +31° 59’ 44” 21.76 Leo
2020 Nov 24 09h 53m 05s +29° 58’ 59” 22.11 Leo
2020 Nov 25 10h 00m 06s +28° 24’ 25” 22.40 Leo
2020 Nov 26 10h 05m 26s +27° 08’ 44” 22.65 Leo
2020 Nov 27 10h 09m 39s +26° 06’ 57” 22.87 Leo
2020 Nov 28 10h 13m 04s +25° 15’ 42” 23.06 Leo
2020 Nov 29 10h 15m 51s +24° 32’ 35” 23.23 Leo
2020 Nov 30 10h 18m 10s +23° 55’ 50” 23.38 Leo