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Asteroid 2018 VX1 to flyby Earth at 0.9 LD on November 10, 2018


A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 VX1 will flyby Earth at 0.99 LD / 0.00255 AU (381 474 km / 237 037 miles) at 18:21 UTC on November 10, 2018. 

This asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on November 4, 2018, 6 days before its close approach to our planet.

It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 7.6 and 17 m (24.9 – 55.7 feet).

The flyby will take place at 18:21 UTC on November 10 at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 6.06 km/s.

Ephemeris | Orbit Diagram | Orbital Elements | Mission Design | Physical Parameters | Close-Approach Data ]

This will be the 59th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year and the second this month (valid 20:00 UTC, November 6).

References:

Asteroid 2018 VX1 at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS

Featured image: The green line indicates the object’s apparent motion relative to the Earth, and the bright green marks are the object’s location at approximately half hour intervals. The Moon’s orbit is grey. The blue arrow points in the direction of Earth’s motion and the yellow arrow points toward the Sun.


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