|Discovery date||July 13, 2013|
|MPC designation||2013 ND15|
|Minor planet category||Aten asteroid,
|Epoch November 4, 2013 (JD 2456600.5)
|Semi-major axis||0.7235 AU|
|Orbital period||0.6154 y (224.79 d)|
|Longitude of ascending node||95.84°|
|Argument of perihelion||19.69°|
|Absolute magnitude (H)||24.1|
Discovery, orbit and physical properties
2013 ND15 was discovered on July 13, 2013 by N. Primak, A. Schultz, T. Goggia and K. Chambers observing for the Pan-STARRS project. As of January 2014, it has been observed 21 times with a data-arc span of 26 days. It is an Aten asteroid and its semi-major axis (0.7235 AU) is very similar to that of Venus but it has high eccentricity (0.6115) and small orbital inclination (4.794°). With an absolute magnitude of 24.1, it has a diameter in the range 40–100 m (for an assumed albedo range of 0.04-0.20).
Trojan dynamical state and orbital evolution
2013 ND15 has been identified as a Venus trojan following a tadpole orbit around Venus’ Lagrangian point L4. Besides being a Venus co-orbital, this asteroid is also a Mercury crosser and an Earth crosser. 2013 ND15 exhibits resonant (or near-resonant) behavior with Mercury, Venus and Earth. Its short-term dynamical evolution is different from that of the other three Venus co-orbitals, 2001 CK32, 2002 VE68, and 2012 XE133.
Potentially hazardous asteroid
2013 ND15 is not included in the Minor Planet Center list of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) as its absolute magnitude is greater than 22.0 but comes to within 0.05 AU of Earth periodically. It will approach Earth at 0.077 AU on June 21, 2016.
- ^ This is assuming an albedo of 0.20–0.04.
- List Of Aten Minor Planets
- 2013 ND15 at the JPL Small-Body Database
- AstDys-2 on 2013 ND15 Retrieved 2014-01-21
- NEODyS-2 on 2013 ND15 Retrieved 2014-01-21
- Absolute-magnitude conversion table (H)
- de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R. "Asteroid 2013 ND15: Trojan companion to Venus, PHA to the Earth". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. arXiv:1401.5013. doi:10.1093/mnras/stu152.
- 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 2013 ND15: Trojan companion to Venus, PHA to the Earth de la Fuente Marcos, C., de la Fuente Marcos, R. 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, (to appear).