96590 (1998 XB) is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1998 XB 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 XB orbits the sun every 316 days (0.87 years), coming as close as 0.59 AU and reaching as far as 1.23 AU from the sun. 1998 XB is about 0.9 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than ~97% of asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of 1998 XB has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 520.00 days.
1998 XB's orbit is 0.11 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 XB has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 28, 2029||27,235,813||10.131|
|Nov. 13, 2035||25,762,913||15.226|
|Nov. 14, 2048||17,001,025||11.653|
|Nov. 24, 2061||24,488,885||10.169|
|Nov. 13, 2080||17,285,095||12.372|
|Nov. 21, 2093||21,791,350||10.332|
|Nov. 14, 2112||18,693,768||13.131|
|Nov. 19, 2125||19,515,182||10.588|
|Nov. 14, 2144||21,087,943||13.986|
|Nov. 17, 2157||17,841,308||10.952|
|Dec. 1, 2170||27,662,563||10.127|
|Nov. 14, 2176||24,658,574||15.018|
|Nov. 16, 2189||16,750,203||11.519|
1998 XB's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 1, 1992. It was last officially observed on Nov. 12, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,473 observations used to determine its orbit.
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