Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.50 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 9,388,475 km of Earth in 2048
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

7025 (1993 QA) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1993 QA 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.

1993 QA orbits the sun every 655 days (1.79 years), coming as close as 1.01 AU and reaching as far as 1.94 AU from the sun. 1993 QA is about 0.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1993 QA has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.51 hours.

Close Approaches

1993 QA's orbit is 0.06 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.

1993 QA has 5 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Feb. 8, 2048 9,388,475 8.188
Feb. 10, 2100 9,698,838 8.523
Jan. 27, 2109 24,949,676 7.551
Feb. 17, 2152 20,500,239 10.466
Feb. 6, 2161 11,787,594 7.692

Images and Observations

1993 QA's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 16, 1993. It was last officially observed on May 2, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 669 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.476 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3152
  • Inclination: 12.61°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 146.61°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 323.47°
  • Mean Anomaly: 72.83°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.49800 km
  • Magnitude: 18.1
  • Albedo: 0.340

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 655 days (1.79 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.52 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.94 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.01 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.51 hours

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Sky Map

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Size Rendering

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