Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Interior-Earth Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest
  • Will pass within 26,894,434 km of Earth in 2026
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

418265 (2008 EA32) is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2008 EA32 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.

2008 EA32 orbits the sun every 177 days (0.48 years), coming as close as 0.43 AU and reaching as far as 0.80 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2008 EA32 is probably between 1.344 to 3.006 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.

Close Approaches

2008 EA32's orbit is 0.18 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.

2008 EA32 has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Jan. 1, 2026 26,894,434 14.372
Jan. 2, 2055 26,876,457 14.381
Jan. 2, 2084 26,874,584 14.378
Jan. 2, 2113 27,025,377 14.370
Jan. 7, 2127 28,597,118 14.565
Dec. 31, 2141 27,797,065 14.419
Jan. 6, 2156 27,282,385 14.426
Dec. 30, 2170 29,435,611 14.531
Jan. 3, 2185 26,903,779 14.375
Jan. 8, 2199 29,215,514 14.626

Images and Observations

2008 EA32's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 10, 2008. It was last officially observed on April 25, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 265 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: 0.6159 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.305
  • Inclination: 28.26°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 100.96°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 181.85°
  • Mean Anomaly: 62.0°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.736 km
  • Magnitude: 16.48

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 177 days (0.48 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 37.86 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.80 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.43 AU

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2008 EA32 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.