Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building (0.41 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 28,803,372 km of Earth in 2049
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

345705 (2006 VB14) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2006 VB14 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.

2006 VB14 orbits the sun every 245 days (0.67 years), coming as close as 0.44 AU and reaching as far as 1.09 AU from the sun. 2006 VB14 is about 0.4 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.

The rotation of 2006 VB14 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.20 days.

Close Approaches

2006 VB14's orbit is 0.08 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.

2006 VB14 has 24 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Dec. 16, 2049 28,803,372 19.467
Dec. 16, 2051 19,594,972 17.997
Dec. 14, 2053 13,079,886 16.981
Dec. 13, 2055 12,306,755 16.372
Dec. 9, 2057 17,022,801 16.094
Dec. 7, 2059 23,770,163 16.149
Dec. 16, 2094 26,618,418 19.082
Dec. 15, 2096 17,844,680 17.736
Dec. 14, 2098 12,320,833 16.802
Dec. 13, 2100 13,067,599 16.268
Dec. 10, 2102 18,461,609 16.098
Dec. 6, 2104 25,398,911 16.181
Dec. 18, 2139 24,615,101 18.765
Dec. 17, 2141 16,331,345 17.490
Dec. 15, 2143 11,948,666 16.655
Dec. 12, 2145 13,869,386 16.221
Dec. 10, 2147 19,730,793 16.080
Dec. 6, 2149 26,762,417 16.244
Dec. 17, 2184 23,053,904 18.492
Dec. 17, 2186 15,235,137 17.310
Dec. 14, 2188 11,834,654 16.563
Dec. 12, 2190 14,707,088 16.163
Dec. 9, 2192 20,861,569 16.100
Dec. 6, 2194 28,001,805 16.295

Images and Observations

2006 VB14's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 15, 2006. It was last officially observed on Jan. 8, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,167 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.7669 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4212
  • Inclination: 31.02°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 258.73°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 346.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 247.69°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.40600 km
  • Magnitude: 18.5
  • Albedo: 0.402

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 245 days (0.67 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 34.05 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.09 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.44 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.20 days

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Orbit Simulation

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