Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest (2.24 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 23,267,297 km of Earth in 2047
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

137805 (1999 YK5) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1999 YK5 as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.

1999 YK5 orbits the sun every 276 days (0.76 years), coming as close as 0.37 AU and reaching as far as 1.29 AU from the sun. 1999 YK5 is about 2.2 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of 1999 YK5 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.93 hours.

1999 YK5's spectral type None (Tholen) / X (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain iron, nickel, and cobalt.

Close Approaches

1999 YK5's orbit is 0.11 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

1999 YK5 has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Feb. 14, 2047 23,267,297 21.805
Feb. 18, 2050 17,226,609 18.094
Feb. 20, 2053 27,547,298 14.763
Feb. 11, 2081 28,859,872 23.347
Feb. 17, 2084 17,634,980 19.639
Feb. 20, 2087 21,310,015 16.217
Feb. 16, 2118 20,445,747 20.962
Feb. 19, 2121 17,985,160 17.390
Feb. 14, 2152 26,759,883 22.827
Feb. 18, 2155 16,748,059 19.062
Feb. 21, 2158 23,359,667 15.635
Feb. 17, 2189 18,686,849 20.359
Feb. 21, 2192 19,107,822 16.814

Images and Observations

1999 YK5's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 28, 1999. It was last officially observed on Sept. 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,335 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.8294 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5583
  • Inclination: 16.75°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 349.55°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 292.86°
  • Mean Anomaly: 319.48°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 2.24300 km
  • Magnitude: 16.68
  • Albedo: 0.027
  • Spectral type (SMASS): X

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 276 days (0.76 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 32.69 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.29 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.37 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.93 hours
  • Approx. Composition: iron, nickel, and cobalt.

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Size Rendering

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