Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest (2.30 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 26,886,605 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Ra-Shalom is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified Ra-Shalom 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.

Ra-Shalom orbits the sun every 277 days (0.76 years), coming as close as 0.47 AU and reaching as far as 1.20 AU from the sun. Ra-Shalom is about 2.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of Ra-Shalom has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 19.80 hours.

Ra-Shalom's spectral type C (Tholen) / Xc (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain iron, nickel, cobalt, and platinum.

Close Approaches

Ra-Shalom's orbit is 0.15 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.

Ra-Shalom has 39 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 21, 2019 26,886,605 11.343
Aug. 31, 2022 28,024,368 11.348
Aug. 12, 2025 25,866,404 12.225
Oct. 15, 2035 28,514,594 15.211
Oct. 5, 2038 23,235,916 11.646
Sept. 15, 2041 27,879,057 11.343
Aug. 25, 2044 27,272,663 11.381
Aug. 10, 2047 26,917,498 13.181
Oct. 13, 2057 24,617,444 13.763
Sept. 29, 2060 24,734,523 11.421
Sept. 10, 2063 28,318,116 11.338
Aug. 20, 2066 26,331,890 11.522
Aug. 8, 2069 29,720,607 14.501
Oct. 12, 2079 22,765,060 12.614
Sept. 24, 2082 26,274,018 11.359
Sept. 3, 2085 28,202,674 11.328
Aug. 15, 2088 25,688,068 11.895
Oct. 9, 2101 22,830,926 11.883
Sept. 19, 2104 27,444,024 11.354
Aug. 30, 2107 27,599,100 11.337
Aug. 12, 2110 25,960,982 12.633
Oct. 15, 2120 26,659,390 14.523
Oct. 4, 2123 24,042,042 11.502
Sept. 14, 2126 28,117,411 11.354
Aug. 24, 2129 26,696,108 11.419
Aug. 10, 2132 27,785,926 13.763
Oct. 14, 2142 23,715,311 13.207
Sept. 28, 2145 25,560,720 11.364
Sept. 8, 2148 28,273,323 11.347
Aug. 19, 2151 25,794,073 11.662
Oct. 11, 2164 22,792,039 12.233
Sept. 23, 2167 26,908,021 11.336
Sept. 2, 2170 27,902,345 11.335
Aug. 14, 2173 25,458,257 12.203
Oct. 16, 2183 29,280,838 15.351
Oct. 7, 2186 23,450,906 11.680
Sept. 17, 2189 27,835,948 11.344
Aug. 27, 2192 27,100,361 11.357
Aug. 12, 2195 26,412,066 13.139

Images and Observations

Ra-Shalom's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 3, 1975. It was last officially observed on Sept. 20, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,002 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

View asteroid Ra-Shalom in 3D.

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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.832 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4366
  • Inclination: 15.75°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 170.8°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 356.06°
  • Mean Anomaly: 326.02°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 2.30000 km
  • Magnitude: 16.24
  • Albedo: 0.13
  • Spectral type (Tholen): C
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xc

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 277 days (0.76 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 32.68 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.20 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.47 AU
  • Rotation Period: 19.80 hours
  • Approx. Composition: iron, nickel, cobalt, and platinum.

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Ra-Shalom to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.