Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest (2.30 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 26,886,608 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 days.

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

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 26,886,608 11.343
Aug. 31, 2022 28,024,368 11.348
Aug. 12, 2025 25,866,404 12.225
Oct. 15, 2035 28,514,583 15.211
Oct. 5, 2038 23,235,919 11.646
Sept. 15, 2041 27,879,059 11.343
Aug. 25, 2044 27,272,662 11.381
Aug. 10, 2047 26,917,502 13.181
Oct. 13, 2057 24,617,435 13.763
Sept. 29, 2060 24,734,529 11.421
Sept. 10, 2063 28,318,118 11.338
Aug. 20, 2066 26,331,888 11.522
Aug. 8, 2069 29,720,618 14.501
Oct. 12, 2079 22,765,057 12.614
Sept. 24, 2082 26,274,024 11.359
Sept. 3, 2085 28,202,674 11.328
Aug. 15, 2088 25,688,067 11.895
Oct. 9, 2101 22,830,930 11.883
Sept. 19, 2104 27,444,030 11.354
Aug. 30, 2107 27,599,097 11.337
Aug. 12, 2110 25,960,988 12.633
Oct. 15, 2120 26,659,363 14.523
Oct. 4, 2123 24,042,052 11.502
Sept. 14, 2126 28,117,415 11.354
Aug. 24, 2129 26,696,102 11.419
Aug. 10, 2132 27,785,946 13.764
Oct. 14, 2142 23,715,293 13.207
Sept. 28, 2145 25,560,734 11.364
Sept. 8, 2148 28,273,324 11.347
Aug. 19, 2151 25,794,067 11.662
Oct. 11, 2164 22,792,039 12.233
Sept. 23, 2167 26,908,034 11.336
Sept. 2, 2170 27,902,340 11.335
Aug. 14, 2173 25,458,260 12.203
Oct. 16, 2183 29,280,773 15.351
Oct. 7, 2186 23,450,922 11.680
Sept. 17, 2189 27,835,958 11.344
Aug. 27, 2192 27,100,350 11.357
Aug. 12, 2195 26,412,091 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 Nov. 27, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,965 observations used to determine its orbit.

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

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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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.832 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4365
  • Inclination: 15.75°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 170.8°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 356.05°
  • Mean Anomaly: 171.76°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 2.30000 km
  • Magnitude: 16.3
  • 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: platinum, nickel, iron, and cobalt.

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