Key Facts

Overview

164294 (2004 XZ130) is a very small asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2004 XZ130 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.

2004 XZ130 orbits the sun every 177 days (0.48 years), coming as close as 0.34 AU and reaching as far as 0.90 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2004 XZ130 is probably between 0.221 to 0.494 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.

No Close Approaches

2004 XZ130's orbit is 0.09 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

2004 XZ130's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 13, 2004. It was last officially observed on Sept. 16, 2014. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 72 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: 0.6175 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4546
  • Inclination: 2.95°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 211.26°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 5.32°
  • Mean Anomaly: 208.98°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.285 km
  • Magnitude: 20.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 177 days (0.48 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 37.95 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.90 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.34 AU

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Size Rendering

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