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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)

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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Position

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is currently in the constellation of Libra. The current Right Ascension is 15h 10m 14s and the Declination is -14° 39’ 18”.

15h 10m 14s
-14° 39’ 18”

Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in Libra on March, 29 2020
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is right now (view fullscreen)

288P (2006 VW139)
RA: 15h 10m 14s
Dec: -14° 39’ 18”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)
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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Distance

The distance of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) from Earth is currently 401,096,464 kilometers, equivalent to 2.681164 Astronomical Units. Light takes 22 minutes and 17.9138 seconds to travel from Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) and arrive to us.

22 minutes and 17.9138 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 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 288P (2006 VW139) 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. The value of the distance of 288P (2006 VW139) from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) to Earth happens on Sun Sep 11 2016 at a distance of 1.44908015 Astronomical Units, or 216,779,305 kilometers:

Sun Sep 11 2016

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is 21.74.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139), 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 288P (2006 VW139) between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 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 288P (2006 VW139) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 104.6°
Max altitude: 23.8°
Azimuth: 255.3°
Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 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 288P (2006 VW139) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) at epoch 30 May 2020 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20136465
Orbit inclination i 3.24032876°
Perihelion distance q 2.43367611 AU
364,072,765 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.66091038 AU
547,664,399 km
Semi-major axis a 3.04729325 AU
455,868,582 km
Orbital period period 5.3200 years
1,942.9866 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Mar-03 19:22:42
2,459,642.3074 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 280.75721975158°
Longitude of the ascending node node 83.188177829937°
Mean anomaly M 241.08477890848°
Mean motion n 0.18528177°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 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 288P (2006 VW139)
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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2020 Mar 22 15h 12m 37s -14° 51’ 02” 21.87 Libra
2020 Mar 23 15h 12m 21s -14° 49’ 45” 21.86 Libra
2020 Mar 24 15h 12m 06s -14° 48’ 23” 21.84 Libra
2020 Mar 25 15h 11m 49s -14° 46’ 57” 21.82 Libra
2020 Mar 26 15h 11m 30s -14° 45’ 27” 21.80 Libra
2020 Mar 27 15h 11m 12s -14° 43’ 51” 21.78 Libra
2020 Mar 28 15h 10m 51s -14° 42’ 12” 21.77 Libra
2020 Mar 29 15h 10m 30s -14° 40’ 30” 21.75 Libra
2020 Mar 30 15h 10m 06s -14° 38’ 43” 21.73 Libra
2020 Mar 31 15h 09m 42s -14° 36’ 51” 21.71 Libra
2020 Apr 01 15h 09m 17s -14° 34’ 56” 21.69 Libra
2020 Apr 02 15h 08m 52s -14° 32’ 58” 21.67 Libra
2020 Apr 03 15h 08m 25s -14° 30’ 56” 21.65 Libra
2020 Apr 04 15h 07m 55s -14° 28’ 50” 21.63 Libra