(225312) 1996 XB27

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(225312) 1996 XB27
Discovery [1][2]
Discovered bySpacewatch
Discovery siteKitt Peak National Obs.
Discovery date12 December 1996
MPC designation(225312) 1996 XB27
1996 XB27 · 2001 DJ47
Amor · NEO[1][2]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc17.62 yr (6,437 days)
Aphelion1.2579 AU
Perihelion1.1201 AU
1.1890 AU
1.30 yr (474 days)
0° 45m 36.72s / day
Earth MOID0.1159 AU · 45.2 LD
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
0.084 km[3]

(225312) 1996 XB27, provisional designation 1996 XB27, is a bright mini-asteroid, classified as near-Earth object of the Amor group, approximately 84 meters in diameter. It was discovered on 12 December 1996, by astronomers of the Spacewatch program at the Kitt Peak National Observatory near of Tucson, Arizona, United States.[2]


1996 XB27 is classified as an Amor asteroid because its perihelion is less than 1.3 AU and does not cross Earth's orbit. The asteroid is on a low-eccentricity and low-inclination orbit between the orbits of Earth and Mars. This is within a region of stability where bodies may survive for the age of the Solar System, and hence it may have formed near its current orbit.[4]

It orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.1–1.3 AU once every 1 years and 4 months (474 days; semi-major axis of 1.19 AU). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.06 and an inclination of 2° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The body's observation arc begins with its official discovery observation at Kitt Peak in December 1996.[2]

Between 1900 and 2200 its closest approach with Earth is more than 0.11 AU.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 225312 (1996 XB27)" (2014-07-28 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "225312 (1996 XB27)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b NeoDys-2 Retrieved 2011-09-04
  4. ^ Evans, N. Wyn; Tabachnik, Serge (May 1999). "Possible long-lived asteroid belts in the inner Solar System". Nature. 399 (6731): 41(NatureHomepage). arXiv:astro-ph/9905067. Bibcode:1999Natur.399...41E. doi:10.1038/19919.
  5. ^ JPL close-approach data Retrieved 2011-09-04

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