Key Facts

Overview

101429 (1998 VF31) is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified 1998 VF31 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

1998 VF31 orbits the sun every 687 days (1.88 years), coming as close as 1.37 AU and reaching as far as 1.68 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1998 VF31 is probably between 0.934 to 2.089 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.

The rotation of 1998 VF31 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 7.70 hours.

No Close Approaches

1998 VF31's orbit is 0.41 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

1998 VF31's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 5, 1996. It was last officially observed on July 11, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 740 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.524 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1004
  • Inclination: 31.3°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 221.29°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 310.5°
  • Mean Anomaly: 118.58°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.206 km
  • Magnitude: 17.27

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 687 days (1.88 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.13 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.68 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.37 AU
  • Rotation Period: 7.70 hours

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Size Rendering

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