Key Facts


2015 VK166 is a large asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2015 VK166 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2015 VK166 orbits the sun every 121,000 days (331.28 years), coming as close as 38.22 AU and reaching as far as 57.68 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2015 VK166 is probably between 80.270 to 179.490 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

No Close Approaches

2015 VK166's orbit is 37.20 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

2015 VK166's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 17, 2014. It was last officially observed on Dec. 16, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 41 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: 47.95 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2029
  • Inclination: 2.32°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 135.11°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 232.88°
  • Mean Anomaly: 32.82°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~103.629 km
  • Magnitude: 7.6

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 121,000 days (331.28 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.31 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 57.68 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 38.22 AU

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Sky Map

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