Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 5,845,973 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2010 GD35 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2010 GD35 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.

2010 GD35 orbits the sun every 244 days (0.67 years), coming as close as 0.40 AU and reaching as far as 1.13 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2010 GD35 is probably between 0.032 to 0.071 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2010 GD35's orbit is 0.04 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.

2010 GD35 has 43 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
March 29, 2020 5,845,973 12.019
March 29, 2022 6,768,838 12.513
March 28, 2024 8,831,661 13.131
March 29, 2026 12,123,858 13.965
March 28, 2028 16,351,364 14.957
March 30, 2030 21,252,468 16.062
March 30, 2032 26,696,356 17.275
May 28, 2081 26,175,417 16.258
May 29, 2083 21,912,853 15.082
May 29, 2085 18,526,658 14.053
May 29, 2087 16,028,262 13.148
May 28, 2089 14,519,128 12.321
May 27, 2091 14,029,310 11.586
May 24, 2093 14,408,336 11.010
May 22, 2095 15,399,043 10.556
May 18, 2097 16,572,010 10.263
May 15, 2099 17,700,642 10.114
May 12, 2101 18,650,121 10.007
May 8, 2103 19,300,363 9.991
May 3, 2105 19,635,607 9.962
April 30, 2107 19,536,543 9.965
April 25, 2109 19,072,281 9.970
April 22, 2111 18,266,224 9.960
April 17, 2113 17,117,327 10.006
April 14, 2115 15,676,712 10.035
April 11, 2117 14,014,899 10.139
April 8, 2119 12,172,032 10.302
April 5, 2121 10,210,176 10.507
April 4, 2123 8,553,699 10.779
April 2, 2125 7,227,562 11.044
April 2, 2127 6,230,535 11.290
April 1, 2129 5,590,274 11.566
April 1, 2131 5,343,757 11.838
March 31, 2133 5,543,519 12.126
March 31, 2135 6,513,286 12.552
March 30, 2137 8,660,884 13.190
March 30, 2139 12,190,512 14.042
March 30, 2141 16,574,326 15.035
March 31, 2143 21,706,770 16.195
April 1, 2145 27,278,659 17.455
May 29, 2194 27,951,539 16.606
May 29, 2196 23,658,700 15.463
May 30, 2198 20,011,870 14.385

Images and Observations

2010 GD35's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 12, 2010. It was last officially observed on March 31, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 61 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.7641 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4816
  • Inclination: 7.79°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 25.13°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 13.8°
  • Mean Anomaly: 202.17°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.041 km
  • Magnitude: 24.6

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 244 days (0.67 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 34.07 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.13 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.40 AU

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Size Rendering

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