|Discovered by||Catalina Sky Survey|
|Discovery date||December 12, 2012|
|MPC designation||2012 XE133|
|Minor planet category||Aten asteroid,
|Epoch April 18, 2013 (JD 2456400.5)|
|Semi-major axis||0.72297 AU|
|Orbital period||0.6147 y (224.53 d)|
|Longitude of ascending node||281.096°|
|Argument of perihelion||337.078°|
|Absolute magnitude (H)||23.4|
Discovery, orbit and physical properties
2012 XE133 was discovered on December 12, 2012 by J. A. Johnson working for the Catalina Sky Survey. As of March 2013, it has been observed 102 times with a data-arc span of 28 days. It is an Aten asteroid and its semi-major axis (0.7230 AU) is very similar to that of Venus but its eccentricity is rather large (0.4332) and its orbital inclination is also significant (6.711°). With an absolute magnitude of 23.4, it has a diameter in the range 62-138 m.
Quasi-satellite dynamical state and orbital evolution
2012 XE133 has been identified as a Venus co-orbital currently following a transitional path between Venus’ Lagrangian points L5 point and L3 point. Besides being a Venus co-orbital, this asteroid is also a Mercury grazer and an Earth crosser. 2012 XE133 exhibits resonant (or near-resonant) behavior with Mercury, Venus and the Earth. Its short-term dynamical evolution is similar to that of the other two Venus co-orbitals, 2001 CK32 and 2002 VE68.
Potentially hazardous asteroid
2012 XE133 is included in the Minor Planet Center list of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) as it comes to within 0.05 AU of the Earth periodically. It will approach the Earth at 0.0055 AU (and the Moon at 0.0045 AU) on December 30, 2028.
- ^ This is assuming an albedo of 0.25–0.05.
- List Of Aten Minor Planets
- 2012 XE133 at the JPL Small-Body Database
- AstDys-2 on 2012 XE133 Retrieved 2013-02-20
- NEODyS-2 on 2012 XE133 Retrieved 2013-02-20
- Absolute-magnitude conversion table (H)
- de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R. "Asteroid 2012 XE133, a transient companion to Venus". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 432 (2): 886–893. arXiv:1303.3705. Bibcode:2013MNRAS.432..886D. doi:10.1093/mnras/stt454.
- Further reading
- Understanding the Distribution of Near-Earth Asteroids Bottke, W. F., Jedicke, R., Morbidelli, A., Petit, J.-M., Gladman, B. 2000, Science, Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2190-2194.
- A Numerical Survey of Transient Co-orbitals of the Terrestrial Planets Christou, A. A. 2000, Icarus, Vol. 144, Issue 1, pp. 1-20.
- Debiased Orbital and Absolute Magnitude Distribution of the Near-Earth Objects Bottke, W. F., Morbidelli, A., Jedicke, R., Petit, J.-M., Levison, H. F., Michel, P., Metcalfe, T. S. 2002, Icarus, Vol. 156, Issue 2, pp. 399-433.
- Transient co-orbital asteroids Brasser, R., Innanen, K. A., Connors, M., Veillet, C., Wiegert, P., Mikkola, S., Chodas, P. W. 2004, Icarus, Vol. 171, Issue 1, pp. 102-109.
- The population of Near Earth Asteroids in coorbital motion with Venus Morais, M. H. M., Morbidelli, A. 2006, Icarus, Vol. 185, Issue 1, pp. 29-38.
- Asteroid 2012 XE133: a transient companion to Venus de la Fuente Marcos, C., de la Fuente Marcos, R. 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 432, Issue 2, pp. 886-893.
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