Key Facts

Overview

84719 (2002 VR128) is a dwarf planet whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2002 VR128 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2002 VR128 orbits the sun every 90,700 days (248.32 years), coming as close as 28.95 AU and reaching as far as 50.07 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 VR128 is probably between 233.644 to 522.444 kilometers in diameter, making it one of the largest objects, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of South Carolina.

No Close Approaches

2002 VR128's orbit is 28.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

2002 VR128's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 1, 1983. It was last officially observed on Dec. 9, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 269 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 39.51 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2673
  • Inclination: 13.99°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 23.0°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 288.7°
  • Mean Anomaly: 80.11°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~301.633 km
  • Magnitude: 5.28

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 90,700 days (248.32 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.74 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 50.07 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 28.95 AU

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