Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building (0.41 km diameter)
  • 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 larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large 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 hours.

No 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.

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

Images and Observations

2006 VB14's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 15, 2006. It was last officially observed on Jan. 12, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,281 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.7669 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4212
  • Inclination: 31.02°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 258.72°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 346.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 108.82°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.40600 km
  • Magnitude: 18.55
  • 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 hours

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Size Rendering

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