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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 Virgo. The current Right Ascension is 12h 07m 40s and the Declination is +01° 56’ 37”.

12h 07m 40s
+01° 56’ 37”

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

Map showing Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in Virgo on August, 21 2019
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Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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

288P (2006 VW139)
RA: 12h 07m 40s
Dec: +01° 56’ 37”
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 666,847,105 kilometers, equivalent to 4.457598 Astronomical Units. Light takes 37 minutes and 4.3625 seconds to travel from Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) and arrive to us.

37 minutes and 4.3625 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 1.44908013 Astronomical Units, or 216,779,303 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 22.86.


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: 88.1°
Max altitude: 40.4°
Azimuth: 271.9°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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 26 April 2019 00:00 UTC (JD: 2458600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20125371
Orbit inclination i 3.24036156°
Perihelion distance q 2.43391494 AU
364,108,493 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.66042310 AU
547,591,502 km
Semi-major axis a 3.04716902 AU
455,849,997 km
Orbital period period 5.3200 years
1,942.8678 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2016-Nov-07 14:20:40
2,457,700.0977 JD
Next perihelion transit 2022-Mar-04 11:10
2,459,642.9655 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 280.84497216084°
Longitude of the ascending node node 83.188306055821°
Mean anomaly M 166.83833874927°
Mean motion n 0.18529310°/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
2019 Aug 14 12h 00m 14s +02° 48’ 06” 22.87 Virgo
2019 Aug 15 12h 01m 14s +02° 41’ 03” 22.87 Virgo
2019 Aug 16 12h 02m 16s +02° 34’ 00” 22.87 Virgo
2019 Aug 17 12h 03m 16s +02° 26’ 57” 22.87 Virgo
2019 Aug 18 12h 04m 18s +02° 19’ 50” 22.87 Virgo
2019 Aug 19 12h 05m 20s +02° 12’ 43” 22.86 Virgo
2019 Aug 20 12h 06m 21s +02° 05’ 35” 22.86 Virgo
2019 Aug 21 12h 07m 23s +01° 58’ 27” 22.86 Virgo
2019 Aug 22 12h 08m 26s +01° 51’ 16” 22.85 Virgo
2019 Aug 23 12h 09m 29s +01° 44’ 06” 22.85 Virgo
2019 Aug 24 12h 10m 32s +01° 36’ 54” 22.85 Virgo
2019 Aug 25 12h 11m 35s +01° 29’ 40” 22.84 Virgo
2019 Aug 26 12h 12m 38s +01° 22’ 27” 22.84 Virgo
2019 Aug 27 12h 13m 41s +01° 15’ 11” 22.84 Virgo