14402 (1991 DB) is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 1991 DB 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.
1991 DB orbits the sun every 820 days (2.25 years), coming as close as 1.03 AU and reaching as far as 2.40 AU from the sun. 1991 DB is about 0.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of 1991 DB has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.26 hours.
1991 DB's spectral type None (Tholen) / C (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain water, iron, nickel, cobalt, nitrogen, and ammonia.
1991 DB's orbit is 0.10 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.
1991 DB has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 17, 2110||29,520,892||6.905|
|April 1, 2119||22,976,530||6.987|
|March 25, 2128||18,179,843||7.706|
|March 22, 2137||16,111,824||8.408|
|March 19, 2146||16,125,883||9.271|
|March 16, 2155||19,329,454||10.468|
|March 11, 2164||29,725,672||12.778|
1991 DB's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 13, 1991. It was last officially observed on Nov. 25, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 674 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1991 DB 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.