162063 (1997 EH29) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1997 EH29 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.
1997 EH29 orbits the sun every 489 days (1.34 years), coming as close as 0.41 AU and reaching as far as 2.02 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1997 EH29 is probably between 0.44 to 0.99 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
1997 EH29's orbit is 0.15 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.
1997 EH29 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 31, 2049||25,787,381||19.635|
|Feb. 2, 2053||22,552,215||21.718|
|Feb. 5, 2057||24,316,136||23.944|
|Feb. 2, 2148||26,566,472||19.277|
|Feb. 4, 2152||22,511,071||21.295|
|Feb. 7, 2156||23,089,842||23.399|
|Feb. 10, 2160||28,321,370||25.669|
1997 EH29's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 7, 1997. It was last officially observed on March 27, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 126 observations used to determine its orbit.
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