Key Facts

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 future 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 0.609 to 1.362 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

No Close Approaches

2001 VG75's orbit is 0.25 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an 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

2001 VG75's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 7, 1976. It was last officially observed on June 30, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 469 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: 1.5188235191 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.296808549084
  • Inclination: 20.6648073625°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 245.483118032°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 257.286313856°
  • Mean Anomaly: 35.7380950536°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.786 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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