Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 25,348,286 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2013 QL10 is a very small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2013 QL10 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 QL10 orbits the sun every 511 days (1.40 years), coming as close as 1.02 AU and reaching as far as 1.48 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2013 QL10 is probably between 0.073 to 0.164 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2013 QL10's orbit is 0.17 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 QL10 has 24 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 17, 2020 25,348,286 8.981
Sept. 19, 2027 24,831,959 9.119
Sept. 20, 2034 24,723,374 9.233
Feb. 8, 2035 29,571,694 10.078
Sept. 20, 2041 24,793,473 9.346
Feb. 9, 2042 28,837,598 9.927
Sept. 20, 2048 24,989,362 9.428
Feb. 9, 2049 28,322,164 9.831
Sept. 21, 2055 25,223,980 9.520
Feb. 10, 2056 27,925,970 9.733
Sept. 22, 2062 25,539,412 9.612
Feb. 10, 2063 27,618,792 9.653
Sept. 22, 2069 25,928,040 9.709
Feb. 11, 2070 27,339,195 9.572
Sept. 22, 2076 26,471,090 9.848
Feb. 11, 2077 27,101,340 9.470
Sept. 23, 2083 27,274,149 10.007
Feb. 12, 2084 26,953,485 9.376
Sept. 23, 2090 28,521,103 10.254
Feb. 13, 2091 26,994,723 9.253
Feb. 15, 2098 27,521,577 9.114
Feb. 18, 2105 28,972,893 8.991
Sept. 15, 2192 29,057,917 8.742
Sept. 18, 2199 26,842,806 8.884

Images and Observations

2013 QL10's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 26, 2013. It was last officially observed on Feb. 21, 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.251 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1864
  • Inclination: 16.63°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 341.38°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 89.24°
  • Mean Anomaly: 226.05°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.095 km
  • Magnitude: 22.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 511 days (1.40 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 26.63 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.48 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.02 AU

Map Comparison

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Size Rendering

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