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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Asteroid 4 Vesta

Asteroid 4 Vesta is currently in the constellation of Pisces. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid 4 Vesta is 00h 05m 39s and the Declination is -05° 32’ 38” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid 4 Vesta is 8.48 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid 4 Vesta [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]:

00h 05m 39s
-05° 32’ 38”
  • 4 Vesta is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the West-South-West direction at an altitude of 4° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 4 Vesta is visible with the help of a binocular with a 30-40mm aperture, easy with a small telescope.
  • See also 4 Vesta rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Asteroid 4 Vesta available on TheSkyLive:

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Asteroid 4 Vesta Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta in Pisces on February, 06 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid 4 Vesta in Pisces on February, 06 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 4 Vesta is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

4 Vesta
RA: 00h 05m 39s
Dec: -05° 32’ 38”
Deep sky finder chart for Asteroid 4 Vesta
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Asteroid 4 Vesta?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid 4 Vesta in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid 4 Vesta Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta from Earth is currently 462,870,792 kilometers, equivalent to 3.094100 Astronomical Units. Light takes 25 minutes and 43.9708 seconds to travel from Asteroid 4 Vesta and arrive to us.

25 minutes and 43.9708 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Asteroid 4 Vesta to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100, the closest approach of Asteroid 4 Vesta to Earth happens on Sun Jun 7 2076 at a distance of 1.137518 Astronomical Units, or 170,170,255 kilometers:

Sun Jun 7 2076

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

Asteroid 4 Vesta brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid 4 Vesta is 8.48.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid 4 Vesta, 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 4 Vesta between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 95.6°
Max altitude: 32.9°
Azimuth: 264.5°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid 4 Vesta at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.08823418
Orbit inclination i 7.14171717°
Perihelion distance q 2.15292206 AU
322,072,557 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.56961086 AU
384,408,313 km
Semi-major axis a 2.36126646 AU
353,240,435 km
Orbital period period 3.6285 years
1,325.3053 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2021-Dec-26 02:44:20
2,459,574.6141 JD
Next perihelion transit 2025-Aug-12 10:03
2,460,899.9194 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 151.09093855018°
Longitude of the ascending node node 103.80392471812°
Mean anomaly M 7.0315224655712°
Mean motion n 0.27163553°/day

Visualization of Asteroid 4 Vesta Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid 4 Vesta with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta
View Asteroid 4 Vesta in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid 4 Vesta Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Asteroid 4 Vesta. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 530 km 0.0416
Sideral Rotation 5.3420 hours 0.2232
Absolute Magnitude 3.2
Geometric Albedo 0.4228

Asteroid 4 Vesta 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid 4 Vesta computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid 4 Vesta in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2023 Jan 30 23h 53m 22s -07° 00’ 57” 8.46 Aquarius
2023 Jan 31 23h 54m 56s -06° 49’ 44” 8.46 Aquarius
2023 Feb 01 23h 56m 30s -06° 38’ 29” 8.47 Cetus
2023 Feb 02 23h 58m 04s -06° 27’ 14” 8.47 Cetus
2023 Feb 03 23h 59m 38s -06° 15’ 56” 8.47 Pisces
2023 Feb 04 00h 01m 12s -06° 04’ 40” 8.47 Pisces
2023 Feb 05 00h 02m 45s -05° 53’ 22” 8.48 Pisces
2023 Feb 06 00h 04m 20s -05° 42’ 05” 8.48 Pisces
2023 Feb 07 00h 05m 54s -05° 30’ 46” 8.48 Pisces
2023 Feb 08 00h 07m 29s -05° 19’ 27” 8.48 Pisces
2023 Feb 09 00h 09m 05s -05° 08’ 07” 8.49 Pisces
2023 Feb 10 00h 10m 40s -04° 56’ 48” 8.49 Pisces
2023 Feb 11 00h 12m 15s -04° 45’ 27” 8.49 Pisces
2023 Feb 12 00h 13m 50s -04° 34’ 06” 8.49 Pisces