Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Interior-Earth Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest
  • Will pass within 26,894,406 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 small 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 1.395 to 3.119 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most 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 26,894,406 14.372
Jan. 2, 2055 26,876,447 14.381
Jan. 2, 2084 26,874,548 14.378
Jan. 2, 2113 27,024,314 14.370
Jan. 7, 2127 28,601,244 14.566
Dec. 31, 2141 27,793,661 14.419
Jan. 6, 2156 27,284,834 14.426
Dec. 30, 2170 29,430,137 14.530
Jan. 3, 2185 26,903,392 14.375
Jan. 8, 2199 29,219,314 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 Sept. 30, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 85 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.61590681097 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.305035248126
  • Inclination: 28.2643947844°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 100.958640798°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 181.840604911°
  • Mean Anomaly: 238.965458443°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.801 km
  • Magnitude: 16.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 177 days (0.48 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 37.95 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.80 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.43 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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