Key Facts

Overview

9202 (1993 PB) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1993 PB 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 PB orbits the sun every 620 days (1.70 years), coming as close as 0.56 AU and reaching as far as 2.29 AU from the sun. 1993 PB is about 1.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

No Close Approaches

1993 PB's orbit is 0.37 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.

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

Images and Observations

1993 PB's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 13, 1993. It was last officially observed on Sept. 15, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 601 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: 1.424 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6078
  • Inclination: 40.82°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 315.92°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 212.33°
  • Mean Anomaly: 246.56°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 1.61700 km
  • Magnitude: 15.88
  • Albedo: 0.332

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 620 days (1.70 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.99 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.29 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.56 AU

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1993 PB 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.