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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 is currently in the constellation of Perseus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 is 02h 42m 43s and the Declination is +50° 09’ 15” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 is 20.56 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 [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]:

02h 42m 43s
+50° 09’ 15”
  • 2020 VW4 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 42° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2020 VW4 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2020 VW4 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 in Perseus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 in Perseus 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 VW4?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 from Earth is currently 5,613,642 kilometers, equivalent to 0.037525 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18.7251 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 and arrive to us.

18.7251 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 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 VW4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 to Earth happens on Fri Nov 13 2020 at a distance of 0.013480 Astronomical Units, or 2,016,531 kilometers:

Fri Nov 13 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 is 20.56.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4, 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 VW4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 is circumpolar and transits at 22:25 UTC (altitude: 88.7°)

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.12484698
Orbit inclination i 8.72474842°
Perihelion distance q 0.95310323 AU
142,582,214 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.22503753 AU
183,263,006 km
Semi-major axis a 1.08907038 AU
162,922,610 km
Orbital period period 1.1400 years
415.1283 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Sep-24 09:20:56
2,459,116.8895 JD
Next perihelion transit 2021-Nov-13 12:25
2,459,532.0178 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 302.14997045358°
Longitude of the ascending node node 54.605784537375°
Mean anomaly M 259.06678702352°
Mean motion n 0.86720177°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VW4 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 VW4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 16m 15s +20° 58’ 27” 17.83 Aries
2020 Nov 18 03h 09m 36s +28° 34’ 00” 18.42 Aries
2020 Nov 19 03h 03m 43s +34° 27’ 44” 18.91 Perseus
2020 Nov 20 02h 58m 35s +39° 03’ 50” 19.32 Perseus
2020 Nov 21 02h 54m 02s +42° 41’ 49” 19.67 Perseus
2020 Nov 22 02h 50m 03s +45° 36’ 20” 19.99 Perseus
2020 Nov 23 02h 46m 31s +47° 57’ 59” 20.27 Perseus
2020 Nov 24 02h 43m 24s +49° 54’ 24” 20.52 Perseus
2020 Nov 25 02h 40m 41s +51° 31’ 08” 20.75 Perseus
2020 Nov 26 02h 38m 18s +52° 52’ 19” 20.96 Perseus
2020 Nov 27 02h 36m 14s +54° 01’ 04” 21.16 Perseus
2020 Nov 28 02h 34m 26s +54° 59’ 39” 21.34 Perseus
2020 Nov 29 02h 32m 53s +55° 49’ 53” 21.50 Perseus
2020 Nov 30 02h 31m 35s +56° 33’ 09” 21.66 Perseus