Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest
  • Will pass within 25,837,165 km of Earth in 2064
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Ubasti is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Ubasti 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.

Ubasti orbits the sun every 772 days (2.11 years), coming as close as 0.88 AU and reaching as far as 2.42 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Ubasti is probably between 1.839 to 4.112 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.

Close Approaches

Ubasti's orbit is 0.17 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.

Ubasti has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
March 4, 2064 25,837,165 24.014
March 4, 2138 26,692,473 22.886
March 7, 2157 29,291,888 25.075

Images and Observations

Ubasti's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 23, 1987. It was last officially observed on July 13, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 706 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of Ubasti:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.64702054233 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.46846282089
  • Inclination: 40.7135662211°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 169.190887716°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 278.932041378°
  • Mean Anomaly: 308.439162811°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~2.374 km
  • Magnitude: 15.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 772 days (2.11 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 23.21 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.42 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.88 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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