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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 is currently in the constellation of Centaurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 is 14h 46m 46s and the Declination is -39° 19’ 11” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 is 29.17 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 [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 46m 46s
-39° 19’ 11”
Centaurus
29.17

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 in Centaurus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 in Centaurus 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]

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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 from Earth is currently 5,178,831 kilometers, equivalent to 0.034618 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17.2747 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 and arrive to us.

5,178,831
0.034618
17.2747 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 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 VX4 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 to Earth happens on Wed Nov 18 2020 at a distance of 0.002710 Astronomical Units, or 405,390 kilometers:

Wed Nov 18 2020
405,390
0.002710

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 is 29.17.

29.17

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4, 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 VX4 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 at epoch 13 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459167.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.37963943
Orbit inclination i 7.15025588°
Perihelion distance q 0.76037725 AU
113,750,818 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.69102695 AU
252,974,032 km
Semi-major axis a 1.22570210 AU
183,362,425 km
Orbital period period 1.3600 years
495.6508 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Jan-13 22:09:23
2,459,228.4232 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 261.60746044701°
Longitude of the ascending node node 236.0335677766°
Mean anomaly M 315.75040815967°
Mean motion n 0.72631778°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4
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Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VX4 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 VX4 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 03h 57m 39s +32° 01’ 19” 18.64 Perseus
2020 Nov 18 04h 45m 29s +24° 41’ 40” 17.26 Taurus
2020 Nov 19 08h 58m 06s -28° 46’ 29” 17.77 Pyxis
2020 Nov 20 13h 23m 40s -43° 26’ 04” 24.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 21 14h 13m 22s -41° 29’ 30” 27.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 22 14h 31m 14s -40° 24’ 38” 28.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 23 14h 40m 22s -39° 46’ 02” 29.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 24 14h 45m 55s -39° 20’ 17” 29.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 25 14h 49m 41s -39° 01’ 33” 30.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 26 14h 52m 24s -38° 46’ 59” 30.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 27 14h 54m 32s -38° 35’ 03” 30.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 28 14h 56m 14s -38° 24’ 51” 30.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 29 14h 57m 42s -38° 15’ 51” 31.00 Centaurus
2020 Nov 30 14h 58m 56s -38° 07’ 38” 31.00 Centaurus