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🌅 Sunrise: 6:38  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:28

Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout)

Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) is currently in the constellation of Taurus. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) is 04h 50m 12s and the Declination is +18° 37’ 06” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) is 24.96 (JPL).

04h 50m 12s
+18° 37’ 06”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 71.4°
Max altitude: 57.1°
Azimuth: 288.6°
  • 2018 VG18 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • Right now it is placed in the West-North-West direction at an altitude of 6° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2018 VG18 is visible only through long exposure photography.
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Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) 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 2018 VG18 (Farout) in Taurus on March, 31 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) in Taurus on March, 31 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 2018 VG18 (Farout) is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

2018 VG18
RA: 04h 50m 12s
Dec: +18° 37’ 06”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout)
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout)?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) from Earth is currently 18,573,887,145 kilometers, equivalent to 124.158767 Astronomical Units. Light takes 17 hours, 12 minutes and 35.8186 seconds to travel from Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) and arrive to us.

17 hours, 12 minutes and 35.8186 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) 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 2018 VG18 (Farout) 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 2018 VG18 from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest Approach of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) to Earth

Between 1 January 2013 and 30 December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) to Earth happens on Tue Dec 3 2013 at a distance of 122.132591 Astronomical Units, or 18,270,775,521 kilometers:

Tue Dec 3 2013

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

Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) Brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) is 24.96.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout), 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 2018 VG18 (Farout) as a function of time

Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) at epoch 24 February 2023 00:00 UTC (JD: 2460000.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.52688683
Orbit inclination i 24.18169677°
Perihelion distance q 38.74343051 AU
5,795,934,720 km
Aphelion distance Q 125.03738559 AU
18,705,326,679 km
Semi-major axis a 81.89040805 AU
12,250,630,700 km
Orbital period period 741.0675 years
270,674.8966 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 1697-May-23 00:07:08
2,341,019.5050 JD
Next perihelion transit 2438-Jun-22 21:38
2,611,694.4016 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 17.376160074952°
Longitude of the ascending node node 245.27616986555°
Mean anomaly M 158.24577287398°
Mean motion n 0.00133001°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) 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 2018 VG18 (Farout)
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Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 2018 VG18 (Farout) in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Mar 24 04h 50m 05s +18° 36’ 47” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 25 04h 50m 05s +18° 36’ 48” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 26 04h 50m 07s +18° 36’ 51” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 27 04h 50m 08s +18° 36’ 53” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 28 04h 50m 08s +18° 36’ 56” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 29 04h 50m 09s +18° 36’ 59” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 30 04h 50m 11s +18° 37’ 01” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Mar 31 04h 50m 12s +18° 37’ 04” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 01 04h 50m 12s +18° 37’ 06” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 02 04h 50m 13s +18° 37’ 09” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 03 04h 50m 15s +18° 37’ 12” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 04 04h 50m 16s +18° 37’ 14” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 05 04h 50m 17s +18° 37’ 18” 24.96 Taurus
2023 Apr 06 04h 50m 17s +18° 37’ 20” 24.96 Taurus