2018 XM2 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2018 XM2 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 collision.
2018 XM2 orbits the sun every 510 days (1.40 years), coming as close as 0.95 AU and reaching as far as 1.55 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2018 XM2 is probably between 0.02 to 0.05 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus.
2018 XM2's orbit is 0.03 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 XM2 has 5 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 15, 2019||46,665,740||11.870|
|Dec. 5, 2025||18,798,132||14.801|
|May 22, 2026||49,871,542||11.796|
|Dec. 1, 2085||33,170,708||16.608|
|May 27, 2086||53,657,385||11.842|
2018 XM2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 10, 2018. It was last officially observed on Dec. 14, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 44 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2018 XM2 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.