Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 22,901,673 km of Earth in 2074
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

66063 (1998 RO1) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1998 RO1 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.

1998 RO1 orbits the sun every 360 days (0.99 years), coming as close as 0.28 AU and reaching as far as 1.70 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1998 RO1 is probably between 0.638 to 1.426 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1998 RO1 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.49 days.

Close Approaches

1998 RO1's orbit is 0.09 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 RO1 has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 29, 2074 22,901,673 21.246
Sept. 28, 2075 15,826,398 23.017
Sept. 26, 2076 14,587,856 24.980
Sept. 24, 2077 20,436,998 27.071
Sept. 21, 2078 29,465,059 29.284
Oct. 1, 2147 23,056,607 21.256
Sept. 29, 2148 16,101,274 23.027
Sept. 27, 2149 15,034,100 25.016
Sept. 25, 2150 20,916,210 27.117
Sept. 23, 2151 29,914,104 29.329

Images and Observations

1998 RO1's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 12, 1996. It was last officially observed on Sept. 10, 2010. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,305 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: 0.990949040189 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.720028567228
  • Inclination: 22.6778451823°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 351.871117938°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 151.128374447°
  • Mean Anomaly: 228.460971573°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.823 km
  • Magnitude: 18.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 360 days (0.99 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.92 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.70 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.28 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.49 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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