Your guide to the Solar System and the night sky
🌎 Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 is 01h 16m 55s and the Declination is -03° 36’ 41” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 is 21.93 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 [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]:

01h 16m 55s
-03° 36’ 41”

If you need to access this information frequently for your observations, you can create a simple customized Quick Access page, so that you can easily bookmark it in your browser favorites or add a shortcut to your mobile phones' home screen.

Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 available on TheSkyLive:

Available Resources

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 in Cetus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
View fullscreen
Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 in Cetus on November, 24 2020
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
View fullscreen
 = 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 VY1?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 from Earth is currently 9,889,529 kilometers, equivalent to 0.066107 Astronomical Units. Light takes 32.9879 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 and arrive to us.

32.9879 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 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 VY1 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 to Earth happens on Wed Dec 16 2020 at a distance of 0.033898 Astronomical Units, or 5,071,052 kilometers:

Wed Dec 16 2020

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 is 21.93.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1, 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 VY1 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 94.1°
Max altitude: 34.2°
Azimuth: 266.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 at epoch 10 November 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459164.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.33515529
Orbit inclination i 2.82978513°
Perihelion distance q 0.99469813 AU
148,804,722 km
Aphelion distance Q 1.99757392 AU
298,832,805 km
Semi-major axis a 1.49613602 AU
223,818,764 km
Orbital period period 1.8300 years
668.4286 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2020-Dec-22 15:20:39
2,459,206.1393 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 225.99627512947°
Longitude of the ascending node node 225.33928469516°
Mean anomaly M 337.57402676882°
Mean motion n 0.53857657°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1
View Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2020 VY1 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 VY1 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Nov 17 01h 06m 11s +02° 32’ 08” 22.24 Cetus
2020 Nov 18 01h 07m 09s +01° 48’ 06” 22.20 Cetus
2020 Nov 19 01h 08m 17s +01° 02’ 02” 22.16 Cetus
2020 Nov 20 01h 09m 34s +00° 13’ 48” 22.12 Cetus
2020 Nov 21 01h 11m 03s -00° 36’ 45” 22.08 Cetus
2020 Nov 22 01h 12m 41s -01° 29’ 49” 22.03 Cetus
2020 Nov 23 01h 14m 32s -02° 25’ 37” 21.99 Cetus
2020 Nov 24 01h 16m 36s -03° 24’ 24” 21.94 Cetus
2020 Nov 25 01h 18m 55s -04° 26’ 21” 21.89 Cetus
2020 Nov 26 01h 21m 28s -05° 31’ 49” 21.84 Cetus
2020 Nov 27 01h 24m 19s -06° 41’ 03” 21.79 Cetus
2020 Nov 28 01h 27m 28s -07° 54’ 26” 21.74 Cetus
2020 Nov 29 01h 30m 56s -09° 12’ 16” 21.69 Cetus
2020 Nov 30 01h 34m 48s -10° 34’ 56” 21.63 Cetus