Key Facts

Overview

95626 (2002 GZ32) is a very large asteroid with an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2002 GZ32 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2002 GZ32 orbits the sun every 40,700 days (111.43 years), coming as close as 18.02 AU and reaching as far as 28.26 AU from the sun. 2002 GZ32 is about 230.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Maryland.

The rotation of 2002 GZ32 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.80 hours.

No Close Approaches

2002 GZ32's orbit is 17.00 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 GZ32's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 29, 1995. It was last officially observed on Aug. 2, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 495 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: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 23.14 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2214
  • Inclination: 15.02°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 107.3°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 156.04°
  • Mean Anomaly: 9.26°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 230.50000 km
  • Magnitude: 7.18
  • Albedo: 0.053

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 40,700 days (111.43 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 6.19 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 28.26 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 18.02 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.80 hours

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