2002 XQ40 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2002 XQ40 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 XQ40 orbits the sun every 407 days (1.11 years), coming as close as 0.70 AU and reaching as far as 1.45 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 XQ40 is probably between 0.092 to 0.206 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2002 XQ40's orbit is 0.01 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2002 XQ40 has 20 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 25, 2020||8,439,524||9.403|
|Dec. 10, 2041||6,510,354||9.677|
|May 18, 2049||17,279,409||14.335|
|Dec. 17, 2051||13,086,720||13.622|
|May 24, 2059||2,814,622||10.799|
|June 2, 2069||24,166,417||6.298|
|Dec. 5, 2080||24,126,265||6.149|
|Dec. 13, 2090||2,148,401||11.383|
|June 1, 2098||20,926,890||6.923|
|May 18, 2107||26,281,762||16.148|
|Dec. 18, 2109||15,142,991||14.032|
|Nov. 16, 2118||29,302,078||6.473|
|Dec. 11, 2118||29,724,702||5.391|
|May 24, 2126||4,471,120||11.711|
|Dec. 9, 2137||16,973,529||7.586|
|May 25, 2145||2,463,791||11.040|
|Dec. 8, 2156||20,021,811||6.982|
|May 22, 2164||10,987,549||13.090|
|Dec. 22, 2166||25,738,063||16.207|
|Dec. 15, 2185||2,865,206||11.557|
2002 XQ40's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 11, 2002. It was last officially observed on May 25, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 166 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2002 XQ40 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2002 XQ40 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.