438908 (2009 XO) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2009 XO as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2009 XO orbits the sun every 926 days (2.54 years), coming as close as 0.85 AU and reaching as far as 2.87 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2009 XO is probably between 0.211 to 0.472 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
2009 XO's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2009 XO has 11 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 7, 2020||3,393,663||12.781|
|Jan. 4, 2048||24,124,031||17.013|
|March 14, 2053||21,361,592||10.119|
|May 20, 2058||25,193,117||17.228|
|Jan. 15, 2086||2,504,565||12.568|
|March 14, 2091||21,360,917||10.102|
|May 7, 2096||1,546,508||12.452|
|March 26, 2124||20,527,000||10.021|
|Jan. 24, 2152||5,597,841||11.100|
|May 15, 2157||11,285,669||14.399|
|Feb. 25, 2180||19,627,816||9.960|
2009 XO's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 9, 2009. It was last officially observed on July 12, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 692 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 438908 (2009 XO) is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2009 XO to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.