162723 (2000 VM2) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2000 VM2 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.
2000 VM2 orbits the sun every 864 days (2.37 years), coming as close as 0.57 AU and reaching as far as 2.98 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2000 VM2 is probably between 0.841 to 1.879 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2000 VM2's orbit is 0.11 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.
2000 VM2 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Dec. 3, 2019||20,885,624||17.826|
|Nov. 29, 2045||17,757,733||19.235|
|June 3, 2067||16,668,532||20.040|
|June 12, 2100||25,673,190||24.569|
|Nov. 26, 2104||16,549,494||21.182|
|May 30, 2126||21,595,757||17.890|
|Dec. 7, 2163||25,477,758||16.696|
2000 VM2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 23, 1993. It was last officially observed on Dec. 6, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 473 observations used to determine its orbit.
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