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15 April 2006

July 3, 2006: Close Approach of Asteroid 2004 XP14 (Misses by 1.1 Lunar Distances)

There will be an upcoming close approach on July 3, 2006. Asteroid 2004 XP14 will miss the Earth by 1.1 LDs (lunar distances) at a velocity of about 17 km/s. It's diameter is estimated to be between 410 to 920 meters. Goldstone plans to make radar observations on July 3, 4, and 6, 2006 (they are requesting astrometry and physical observations).

Link: Orbit Diagram for 2004 XP14

Link: NEODyS information on 2004 XP14

Link: Goldstone Asteroid Observation Schedule

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