Asteroid 4 Vesta
Asteroid 4 Vesta Position
Simplified sky chart showing where Asteroid 4 Vesta is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see fuillscreen Online Planetarium)
Hihgher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Asteroid 4 Vesta is right now (view fullscreen)
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
The distance of Asteroid 4 Vesta from Earth is currently 326,712,344 kilometers, equivalent to 2.183937 Astronomical Units. Light takes 18 minutes and 9.7951 seconds to travel from Asteroid 4 Vesta and arrive to us.
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.
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 1.13751791 Astronomical Units, or 170,170,258 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Asteroid 4 Vesta brightness
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.
Asteroid 4 Vesta rise and set times
The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid 4 Vesta 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 4 Vesta Orbital Elements
|Perihelion distance||q||2.15190945 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2018-May-09 01:25:47
|Next perihelion transit||2021-Dec-24 11:48
|Argument of perihelion||peri||150.72854128701°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||103.8108044271°|
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!
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|
|Sideral Rotation||5.3420 hours||0.2232|
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.
|2019 Aug 16||03h 28m 08s||+11° 03’ 15”||7.88||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 17||03h 29m 03s||+11° 04’ 39”||7.87||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 18||03h 29m 58s||+11° 05’ 56”||7.85||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 19||03h 30m 52s||+11° 07’ 08”||7.84||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 20||03h 31m 45s||+11° 08’ 12”||7.83||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 21||03h 32m 36s||+11° 09’ 12”||7.82||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 22||03h 33m 27s||+11° 10’ 06”||7.81||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 23||03h 34m 15s||+11° 10’ 55”||7.80||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 24||03h 35m 04s||+11° 11’ 38”||7.78||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 25||03h 35m 52s||+11° 12’ 15”||7.77||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 26||03h 36m 38s||+11° 12’ 47”||7.76||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 27||03h 37m 22s||+11° 13’ 12”||7.75||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 28||03h 38m 05s||+11° 13’ 32”||7.73||Taurus|
|2019 Aug 29||03h 38m 48s||+11° 13’ 45”||7.72||Taurus|