52768 (1998 OR2) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 1998 OR2 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
1998 OR2 orbits the sun every 1,340 days (3.67 years), coming as close as 1.02 AU and reaching as far as 3.75 AU from the sun. 1998 OR2 is about 1.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.
The rotation of 1998 OR2 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.11 hours.
1998 OR2's orbit is 0.02 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 OR2 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 29, 2020||6,290,455||8.702|
|May 18, 2031||19,016,234||11.596|
|April 16, 2079||1,772,680||8.170|
|May 17, 2090||17,197,434||11.141|
|April 16, 2127||2,511,024||8.036|
|May 20, 2138||18,071,146||11.370|
|May 27, 2186||27,285,581||13.037|
1998 OR2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 30, 1987. It was last officially observed on Sept. 15, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 5,249 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1998 OR2 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.