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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is 18h 25m 57s and the Declination is -23° 26’ 53” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is 22.12 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) [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]:

18h 25m 57s
-23° 26’ 53”
  • 288P (2006 VW139) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South direction at an altitude of 15° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 288P (2006 VW139) is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 288P (2006 VW139) rise and set times.
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Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) 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 288P (2006 VW139) in Sagittarius on January, 26 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in Sagittarius on January, 26 2021
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]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

288P (2006 VW139)
RA: 18h 25m 57s
Dec: -23° 26’ 53”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) from Earth is currently 570,010,345 kilometers, equivalent to 3.810284 Astronomical Units. Light takes 31 minutes and 41.3498 seconds to travel from Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) and arrive to us.

31 minutes and 41.3498 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 1.449080 Astronomical Units, or 216,779,286 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 22.12.


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: 113.4°
Max altitude: 15.1°
Azimuth: 246.6°

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 0.20136468
Orbit inclination i 3.24033118°
Perihelion distance q 2.43367602 AU
364,072,751 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.66091047 AU
547,664,413 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 19:22:36
2,459,642.3074 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 280.75698781854°
Longitude of the ascending node node 83.188392006594°
Mean anomaly M 241.08479352564°
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
2021 Jan 19 18h 13m 41s -23° 28’ 54” 22.11 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 20 18h 15m 20s -23° 28’ 50” 22.11 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 21 18h 16m 59s -23° 28’ 41” 22.11 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 22 18h 18m 39s -23° 28’ 28” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 23 18h 20m 18s -23° 28’ 13” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 24 18h 21m 57s -23° 27’ 52” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 25 18h 23m 36s -23° 27’ 29” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 26 18h 25m 15s -23° 27’ 02” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 27 18h 26m 53s -23° 26’ 32” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 28 18h 28m 32s -23° 25’ 58” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 29 18h 30m 11s -23° 25’ 20” 22.12 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 30 18h 31m 50s -23° 24’ 38” 22.13 Sagittarius
2021 Jan 31 18h 33m 28s -23° 23’ 53” 22.13 Sagittarius
2021 Feb 01 18h 35m 06s -23° 23’ 06” 22.13 Sagittarius