66063 (1998 RO1) is a 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 larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, 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 hours.
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||22,901,795||21.246|
|Sept. 28, 2075||15,826,483||23.017|
|Sept. 26, 2076||14,587,798||24.980|
|Sept. 24, 2077||20,436,808||27.071|
|Sept. 21, 2078||29,464,799||29.284|
|Oct. 1, 2147||23,057,431||21.256|
|Sept. 29, 2148||16,101,719||23.027|
|Sept. 27, 2149||15,033,832||25.016|
|Sept. 25, 2150||20,915,519||27.117|
|Sept. 23, 2151||29,913,308||29.329|
1998 RO1's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 12, 1996. It was last officially observed on July 23, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,317 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 RO1 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.