Key Facts

Overview

31345 (1998 PG) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 1998 PG 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.

1998 PG orbits the sun every 1,050 days (2.87 years), coming as close as 1.23 AU and reaching as far as 2.81 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1998 PG is probably between 0.799 to 1.787 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1998 PG has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.52 hours.

1998 PG's spectral type None (Tholen) / Sq (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain and .

No Close Approaches

1998 PG's orbit is 0.24 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.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

1998 PG's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 7, 1978. It was last officially observed on Feb. 6, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,383 observations used to determine its orbit.

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: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.016 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3914
  • Inclination: 6.5°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 222.7°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 156.17°
  • Mean Anomaly: 115.37°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.032 km
  • Magnitude: 17.61
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Sq

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,050 days (2.87 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.89 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.81 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.23 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.52 hours
  • Approx. Composition: and .

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Size Rendering

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