The Asteroid 4 Vesta is one of the iconic minor planets, and one of two orbited by the Dawn spacecraft. At favorable oppositions Vesta is bright enough to be seen with the unaided eye under dark sky conditions. This year it gets to magnitude 5.8 (although the chart says 6.0) just over unaided eye visibility at dark sky sites. Not really visible from suburban skies, but it will be easily visible in binoculars and small telescopes.
This year is a reasonable opposition of Vesta on March 4, when it will reach a magnitude of 5.8 at its brightest with good guide stars. The next bright opposition is 22 August in 2022 (also magnitude 5.8) but there will be fewer good guide stars. And in May 2025 it will reach magnitude 5.6 with good guide stars.
Sadly just before opposition itself, the waxing Moon / full Moon will interfere significantly (although you should still be able to just see it in binoculars. However, at opposition and several days after opposition Vesta is still bright and easily seen. 3-7 March may be best.
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