Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.70 km diameter)
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

35396 (1997 XF11) is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1997 XF11 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

1997 XF11 orbits the sun every 633 days (1.73 years), coming as close as 0.74 AU and reaching as far as 2.14 AU from the sun. 1997 XF11 is about 0.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1997 XF11 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.26 hours.

1997 XF11's spectral type None (Tholen) / Xk (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain iron, nickel, and cobalt.

No Close Approaches

1997 XF11's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.

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

Images and Observations

1997 XF11's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 22, 1990. It was last officially observed on June 12, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,917 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: 1.443 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.484
  • Inclination: 4.1°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 213.73°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 102.95°
  • Mean Anomaly: 307.0°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.70400 km
  • Magnitude: 16.9
  • Albedo: 0.772
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xk

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 633 days (1.73 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.80 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.14 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.74 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.26 hours
  • Approx. Composition: iron, nickel, and cobalt.

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Size Rendering

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