2018 VP1 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2018 VP1 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 VP1 orbits the sun every 731 days (2.00 years), coming as close as 0.91 AU and reaching as far as 2.27 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2018 VP1 is probably between 0.002 to 0.004 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2018 VP1's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.
2018 VP1 has 1 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 2, 2020||419,130||9.711|
NASA Sentry has assessed impact risk for 3 very close approach scenarios. Here are the top scenarios ordered by probability of impact:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Distance Error (km)||Probability of Impact (%)||Impact Energy (Mt)|
|Nov. 2, 2020||4,994.76||±0.61||0.40780||0.0004192|
|Nov. 2, 2025||4,615.98||±0.68||0.00003||0.0004192|
|Nov. 2, 2025||5,360.70||±0.58||0.00003||0.0004193|
2018 VP1's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 3, 2018. It was last officially observed on Nov. 16, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 21 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2018 VP1 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 VP1 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.