Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Interior-Earth Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a football field
  • Will pass within 29,862,479 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2013 JX28 is a very small asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2013 JX28 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.

2013 JX28 orbits the sun every 170 days (0.47 years), coming as close as 0.26 AU and reaching as far as 0.94 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2013 JX28 is probably between 0.254 to 0.568 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.

Close Approaches

2013 JX28's orbit is 0.07 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.

2013 JX28 has 35 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
April 18, 2020 29,862,479 14.847
May 1, 2021 19,633,058 12.980
April 19, 2027 20,561,729 12.493
May 1, 2028 29,109,540 15.402
April 21, 2034 13,277,165 10.855
April 25, 2041 10,166,139 10.401
April 29, 2048 12,707,308 11.190
April 19, 2054 29,637,970 14.805
May 2, 2055 19,843,496 13.023
April 19, 2061 20,125,763 12.419
May 1, 2062 29,614,911 15.530
April 21, 2068 12,912,851 10.770
April 26, 2075 10,117,869 10.405
April 30, 2082 13,311,143 11.360
April 18, 2088 28,541,917 14.546
May 2, 2089 20,832,392 13.273
April 19, 2095 19,166,761 12.190
April 23, 2102 12,401,640 10.707
April 27, 2109 10,141,564 10.456
May 1, 2116 13,787,892 11.462
April 20, 2122 27,792,591 14.356
May 3, 2123 21,521,098 13.426
April 20, 2129 18,340,327 12.025
April 23, 2136 11,746,662 10.591
April 29, 2143 10,356,044 10.535
May 2, 2150 15,213,498 11.817
April 20, 2156 25,707,480 13.858
May 3, 2157 23,564,796 13.952
April 22, 2163 16,708,172 11.632
April 25, 2170 11,049,785 10.488
April 29, 2177 10,672,436 10.659
May 2, 2184 16,150,697 12.053
April 20, 2190 24,391,034 13.527
May 4, 2191 24,887,348 14.263
April 22, 2197 15,709,558 11.443

Images and Observations

2013 JX28's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 25, 2006. It was last officially observed on May 21, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 55 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: 0.6008 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5641
  • Inclination: 10.76°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 39.94°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 354.9°
  • Mean Anomaly: 342.18°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.328 km
  • Magnitude: 20.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 170 days (0.47 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 38.45 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.94 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.26 AU

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Size Rendering

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