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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:43  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:24

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139)

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is 05h 18m 10s and the Declination is +23° 56’ 29” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) is 22.03 (JPL).

05h 18m 10s
+23° 56’ 29”

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

Azimuth: 66.1°
Max altitude: 62.5°
Azimuth: 293.9°
  • 288P (2006 VW139) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Given its current magnitude, 288P (2006 VW139) is visible only through long exposure photography.
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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 Taurus on March, 29 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) in Taurus on March, 29 2023
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: 05h 18m 10s
Dec: +23° 56’ 29”
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 468,113,884 kilometers, equivalent to 3.129148 Astronomical Units. Light takes 26 minutes and 1.4598 seconds to travel from Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) and arrive to us.

26 minutes and 1.4598 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.

Chart of the distance of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 2013 and 30 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 216,779,305 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 22.03.


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.

Chart of the magnitude of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) as a function of time

Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 288P (2006 VW139) at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.20050867
Orbit inclination i 3.23837211°
Perihelion distance q 2.43700650 AU
364,570,984 km
Aphelion distance Q 3.65938604 AU
547,436,360 km
Semi-major axis a 3.04819627 AU
456,003,672 km
Orbital period period 5.3220 years
1,943.8503 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Mar-01 15:23:32
2,459,640.1413 JD
Next perihelion transit 2027-Jun-27 11:47
2,461,583.9917 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 280.20443615837°
Longitude of the ascending node node 83.124333919006°
Mean anomaly M 66.738223595015°
Mean motion n 0.18519945°/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
2023 Mar 22 05h 09m 56s +23° 44’ 45” 21.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 23 05h 11m 03s +23° 46’ 27” 21.97 Taurus
2023 Mar 24 05h 12m 10s +23° 48’ 08” 21.98 Taurus
2023 Mar 25 05h 13m 18s +23° 49’ 49” 21.99 Taurus
2023 Mar 26 05h 14m 26s +23° 51’ 27” 22.00 Taurus
2023 Mar 27 05h 15m 37s +23° 53’ 04” 22.01 Taurus
2023 Mar 28 05h 16m 46s +23° 54’ 39” 22.02 Taurus
2023 Mar 29 05h 17m 57s +23° 56’ 13” 22.03 Taurus
2023 Mar 30 05h 19m 09s +23° 57’ 47” 22.03 Taurus
2023 Mar 31 05h 20m 21s +23° 59’ 17” 22.04 Taurus
2023 Apr 01 05h 21m 33s +24° 00’ 47” 22.05 Taurus
2023 Apr 02 05h 22m 46s +24° 02’ 13” 22.06 Taurus
2023 Apr 03 05h 24m 00s +24° 03’ 39” 22.07 Taurus
2023 Apr 04 05h 25m 14s +24° 05’ 03” 22.08 Taurus