480820 (1998 VF32) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1998 VF32 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
1998 VF32 orbits the sun every 287 days (0.79 years), coming as close as 0.47 AU and reaching as far as 1.23 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1998 VF32 is probably between 0.160 to 0.358 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
1998 VF32's orbit is 0.04 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.
1998 VF32 has 17 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 20, 2020||13,504,436||18.325|
|Nov. 20, 2031||24,096,556||20.266|
|Nov. 17, 2038||27,407,819||13.798|
|Nov. 20, 2049||18,171,491||14.407|
|Nov. 21, 2060||9,892,961||15.333|
|Nov. 22, 2071||5,670,596||16.257|
|Nov. 22, 2082||7,913,638||17.229|
|Nov. 21, 2093||16,399,986||18.838|
|Nov. 20, 2104||27,345,288||20.864|
|Nov. 20, 2111||24,740,421||13.932|
|Nov. 22, 2122||15,626,794||14.647|
|Nov. 23, 2133||8,146,692||15.614|
|Nov. 23, 2144||5,768,324||16.493|
|Nov. 23, 2155||10,247,290||17.675|
|Nov. 22, 2166||19,711,220||19.423|
|Nov. 20, 2184||21,917,982||14.104|
|Nov. 23, 2195||13,088,347||14.922|
1998 VF32's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 14, 1998. It was last officially observed on Nov. 11, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 134 observations used to determine its orbit.
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