2018 VB10 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2018 VB10 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.
2018 VB10 orbits the sun every 360 days (0.99 years), coming as close as 0.81 AU and reaching as far as 1.17 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2018 VB10 is probably between 0.120 to 0.540 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
2018 VB10's orbit is 0.02 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.
2018 VB10 has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 11, 2019||12,116,651||7.002|
|Nov. 20, 2020||23,816,856||6.443|
|May 31, 2025||28,130,012||7.420|
|May 12, 2026||19,727,136||7.317|
|April 29, 2027||12,626,796||8.006|
|April 19, 2028||14,224,444||9.536|
|April 12, 2029||24,074,551||11.622|
|Nov. 13, 2081||26,872,805||12.787|
|Nov. 11, 2082||12,720,361||10.286|
|Nov. 10, 2083||2,854,151||8.235|
2018 VB10's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 14, 2018. It was last officially observed on Nov. 19, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 66 observations used to determine its orbit.
2018 VB10 can be reached with a journey of 354 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 10.279 km/s. To put this into perspective, the delta-v to launch a rocket to Low-Earth Orbit is 9.7 km/s. There are 4,262 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2018 VB10.
The position of 2018 VB10 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2018 VB10 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.