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]:
- 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.
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Additional information about Asteroid 4 Vesta available on TheSkyLive:
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.
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.
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.
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 1.137518 Astronomical Units, or 170,170,255 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, 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
|Perihelion distance||q||2.15292206 AU
|Date of perihelion transit||Tp||2021-Dec-26 02:44:20
|Next perihelion transit||2025-Aug-12 10:03
|Argument of perihelion||peri||151.09093855018°|
|Longitude of the ascending node||node||103.80392471812°|
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.
|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|