2009 VA

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2009 VA
Discovered by Catalina Sky Survey
Discovery date November 6, 2009
Minor planet category Apollo (NEO)
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 2009-Nov-06.0
Aphelion 1.94 AU
Perihelion 0.9177 AU
1.428 AU
Eccentricity 0.357
1.71 yr
Inclination 7.54°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 7 m

2009 VA is an asteroid that came within 14,000 kilometres (8,700 mi) of Earth on November 6, 2009 making it the 3rd closest non-impacting approach of a cataloged asteroid.[1] With a diameter of only 7 metres (23 ft), scientists think that even if it had been on a direct collision course with Earth, it would have likely burned up in the atmosphere.[2] The space rock made its pass by Earth just fifteen hours after its discovery.[3]

The trajectory of the object as it passed Earth.

The asteroid was first discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona. It was determined that the object would make a pass well within the orbit of the Moon, but would not strike the Earth. The object passed so close to the Earth that its trajectory through space was modified by Earth's gravity.[3]

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  1. ^ "Small Asteroid 2009 VA Whizzes By Earth". Science Daily. Archived from the original on 15 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  2. ^ Small Asteroid Spotted Flying Close To Earth, redorbit.com, November 11, 2009
  3. ^ a b Alan Boyle. "Space rock buzzes past Earth". MSNBC. Archived from the original on 14 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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