Key Facts

Overview

20108 (1995 QZ9) is a relatively small asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 1995 QZ9 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

1995 QZ9 orbits the sun every 90,029 days (246.49 years), coming as close as 33.54 AU and reaching as far as 45.08 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1995 QZ9 is probably between 76.658 to 171.412 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

No Close Approaches

1995 QZ9's orbit is 32.55 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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

1995 QZ9's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 29, 1995. It was last officially observed on Dec. 22, 2008. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 32 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 39.311876912 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.146796822955
  • Inclination: 19.5709821965°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 188.034395754°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 141.349812949°
  • Mean Anomaly: 64.9885925956°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~98.964 km
  • Magnitude: 7.7

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 90,029 days (246.49 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.75 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 45.08 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 33.54 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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