Key Facts

  • Classified as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 54,295,210 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

140928 (2001 VG75) is a very small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2001 VG75 as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of collision.

2001 VG75 orbits the sun every 684 days (1.87 years), coming as close as 1.07 AU and reaching as far as 1.97 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2001 VG75 is probably between 0.61 to 1.36 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Close Approaches

2001 VG75's orbit is 0.25 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.

2001 VG75 has 29 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
April 16, 2019 54,295,210 12.204
Dec. 19, 2033 39,558,547 12.744
April 21, 2034 49,299,820 10.885
Dec. 19, 2048 52,932,806 15.255
April 28, 2049 52,555,196 10.487
Dec. 4, 2061 60,143,580 10.819
Dec. 18, 2063 72,420,913 18.628
May 6, 2064 61,448,278 10.619
Dec. 11, 2076 46,097,881 10.815
April 15, 2077 65,213,594 14.525
May 15, 2079 72,603,698 10.935
Dec. 17, 2091 37,709,600 11.348
April 16, 2092 53,502,466 12.174
Dec. 21, 2106 39,629,014 12.675
April 23, 2107 49,025,866 10.929
Dec. 21, 2121 51,374,296 14.940
April 29, 2122 51,614,383 10.502
Dec. 4, 2134 62,462,946 10.834
Dec. 19, 2136 69,503,299 18.082
May 7, 2137 59,751,368 10.575
Dec. 11, 2149 48,257,976 10.786
April 17, 2150 67,406,071 15.078
May 14, 2152 70,635,090 10.875
Dec. 17, 2164 38,797,390 11.199
April 18, 2165 54,653,663 12.554
Dec. 21, 2179 38,879,860 12.424
April 22, 2180 48,817,418 11.074
Dec. 22, 2194 50,154,504 14.667
April 29, 2195 50,783,669 10.524

Images and Observations

2001 VG75's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 7, 1976. It was last officially observed on Feb. 10, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 427 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.51882351929 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.296808536299
  • Inclination: 20.6648073892°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 245.483121559°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 257.286308773°
  • Mean Anomaly: 35.7380951455°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.79 km
  • Magnitude: 18.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 684 days (1.87 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.17 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.97 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.07 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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