Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (1.03 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 25,049,533 km of Earth in 2021
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

141484 (2002 DB4) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2002 DB4 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.

2002 DB4 orbits the sun every 290 days (0.79 years), coming as close as 0.54 AU and reaching as far as 1.18 AU from the sun. 2002 DB4 is about 1.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Close Approaches

2002 DB4's orbit is 0.15 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.

2002 DB4 has 17 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Dec. 15, 2021 25,049,533 13.810
April 22, 2038 24,776,481 12.347
April 13, 2042 26,106,198 15.896
Dec. 13, 2052 25,565,788 13.125
April 19, 2069 23,086,349 13.249
Dec. 20, 2079 26,545,184 15.241
April 24, 2096 26,676,124 11.782
April 15, 2100 24,660,489 15.333
Dec. 16, 2110 25,258,682 13.511
April 24, 2127 24,661,914 12.352
April 14, 2131 26,466,222 16.052
Dec. 14, 2141 25,826,362 13.042
April 19, 2158 22,735,973 13.987
Dec. 18, 2168 25,382,811 14.310
April 24, 2185 25,401,041 12.099
April 15, 2189 25,061,973 15.570
Dec. 17, 2199 25,288,895 13.734

Images and Observations

2002 DB4's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 26, 2002. It was last officially observed on May 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 611 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.858 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3695
  • Inclination: 16.6°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 234.25°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 94.14°
  • Mean Anomaly: 226.09°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 1.03400 km
  • Magnitude: 16.38
  • Albedo: 0.455

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 290 days (0.79 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 32.19 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.18 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.54 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2002 DB4 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.