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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 is 14h 38m 37s and the Declination is -13° 36’ 20” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 is 32.00 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 [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 38m 37s
-13° 36’ 20”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 in Libra on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 in Libra 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 VT3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 from Earth is currently 6,554,984 kilometers, equivalent to 0.043817 Astronomical Units. Light takes 21.8651 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 and arrive to us.

21.8651 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 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 VT3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 to Earth happens on Sun Nov 15 2020 at a distance of 0.003147 Astronomical Units, or 470,800 kilometers:

Sun Nov 15 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 is 32.00.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3, 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 VT3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 103.6°
Max altitude: 24.8°
Azimuth: 256.2°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 at epoch 11 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459165.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.35844436
Orbit inclination i 0.32087461°
Perihelion distance q 0.83420709 AU
124,795,604 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.76636887 AU
264,245,023 km
Semi-major axis a 1.30028798 AU
194,520,314 km
Orbital period period 1.4800 years
541.5739 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-04 03:47:09
2,459,218.6577 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 211.61774863467°
Longitude of the ascending node node 267.96300282612°
Mean anomaly M 324.66449523434°
Mean motion n 0.66472919°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VT3 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 VT3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 15h 11m 36s +08° 01’ 06” 27.00 Serpens
2020 Nov 18 14h 54m 50s -02° 50’ 44” 30.00 Libra
2020 Nov 19 14h 47m 57s -07° 17’ 20” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 20 14h 44m 16s -09° 40’ 24” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 21 14h 41m 57s -11° 09’ 29” 33.00 Libra
2020 Nov 22 14h 40m 24s -12° 10’ 20” 33.00 Libra
2020 Nov 23 14h 39m 20s -12° 54’ 39” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 24 14h 38m 35s -13° 28’ 28” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 25 14h 38m 02s -13° 55’ 14” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 26 14h 37m 40s -14° 17’ 04” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 27 14h 37m 26s -14° 35’ 21” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 28 14h 37m 18s -14° 50’ 56” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 29 14h 37m 17s -15° 04’ 29” 32.00 Libra
2020 Nov 30 14h 37m 21s -15° 16’ 32” 32.00 Libra