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The 110 - 240 metre wide asteroid 2007 VK184 will make a close pass (67.3 lunar distances, 0.1730 AU), travelling at 20.72 km/second, to the Earth-Moon system on the 23rd May 2014 @ 07:26 UT 00:01.

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The Lunar Distance (LD), the distance between Earth and the Moon, equals 384,401 km, (or 0.00256 AU).



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Orbital elements:
2007 VK184                                          PHA, Earth MOID = 0.0007 AU
Epoch 2014 May 23.0 TT = JDT 2456800.5                  MPC
M 338.50362              (2000.0)            P               Q
n   0.43452309     Peri.   73.15851     +0.83961189     +0.54279962
a   1.7263445      Node   253.96274     -0.50613436     +0.76807891
e   0.5700340      Incl.    1.22249     -0.19717982     +0.33974012
P   2.27           H   22.0           G   0.15           U   2

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2007 VK184
Earth Impact Table
DateDistanceWidthSigma
LOV
Stretch
LOV
Impact
Probability
Impact
Energy
Torino
Scale
YYYY-MM-DD.DD(rEarth)(rEarth)(rEarth)(MT)
2048-06-03.090.755.58e-031.322324.01e+025.5e-041.46e+021



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2007 VK184
Earth Impact Risk Summary
Torino Scale (maximum)1
Palermo Scale (maximum)-1.80
Palermo Scale (cumulative)-1.79
Impact Probability (cumulative)3.4e-04
Number of Potential Impacts4
Vimpact19.19 km/s
Vinfinity15.63 km/s
H22.0
Diameter0.130 km
Mass3.3e+09 kg
Energy1.5e+02 MT
all above are mean values
weighted by impact probability
Analysis based on
101 observations spanning 60.013 days
(2007-Nov-12.13904 to 2008-Jan-11.15189)



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Orbital elements:
2007 VK184 PHA, Earth MOID = 0.0007 AU
Epoch 2007 Oct. 27.0 TT = JDT 2454400.5 MPC
M 15.93112 (2000.0) P Q
n 0.43717768 Peri. 72.88531 +0.83882575 +0.54401678
a 1.7193491 Node 254.15283 -0.50720110 +0.76732912
e 0.5680896 Incl. 1.21649 -0.19778373 +0.33948751
P 2.25 H 21.9 G 0.15 U 7


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2007 VK184
Earth Impact Risk Summary
Torino Scale (maximum)1
Palermo Scale (maximum)-1.83
Palermo Scale (cumulative)-1.82
Impact Probability (cumulative)3.4e-04
Number of Potential Impacts4
Vimpact19.19 km/s
Vinfinity15.63 km/s
H22.0
Diameter0.130 km
Mass3.3e+09 kg
Energy1.5e+02 MT
all above are mean values
weighted by impact probability
Analysis based on
101 observations spanning 60.013 days
(2007-Nov-12.13904 to 2008-Jan-11.15189)



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As time goes by, stories and news of life ending, or at least life devastating, asteroids continue to raise the publics attention; although, attention is probably deserved, even if there is nothing we can do about it.
Scientists have recently discovered one such asteroid that while low on the damage scale (low being a relative term considering how large our planet is) is currently high on the risk meter.
2007 VK184 has been picked up by astronomers, including those at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near-Earth Objects Program. Currently 90 million kilometres from Earth, 130 meters across and travelling at 70,000 km/h, it could impact the planet sometime in 2048.

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2007 VK184 is an asteroid which is listed on the Near Earth Object Risk List with a Torino Scale of Level 1. As of December 2007, it is the only near Earth object besides asteroid (29075) 1950 DA to be listed above Level 0. The object was discovered on November 12th 2007, by the Catalina Sky Survey.
According to the Near Earth Object-list, 95 observations over 35 days suggests the asteroid has a probability of 1 in 3130 chance to hit the Earth during June 2048.

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