Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 24,691,547 km of Earth in 2022
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2018 VZ6 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2018 VZ6 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 VZ6 orbits the sun every 384 days (1.05 years), coming as close as 0.70 AU and reaching as far as 1.37 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2018 VZ6 is probably between 0.018 to 0.039 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2018 VZ6's orbit is 0.02 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

2018 VZ6 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 13, 2022 24,691,547 7.841
June 12, 2023 28,627,901 15.125
Nov. 11, 2038 4,240,651 11.013
Nov. 13, 2100 4,307,929 10.147

Images and Observations

2018 VZ6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 9, 2018. It was last officially observed on Nov. 11, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 26 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.035 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3239
  • Inclination: 9.23°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 221.8°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 290.57°
  • Mean Anomaly: 306.28°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.023 km
  • Magnitude: 25.9

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 384 days (1.05 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.32 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.37 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.70 AU

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