Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 9,515,369 km of Earth in 2023
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation


154244 (2002 KL6) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2002 KL6 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.

2002 KL6 orbits the sun every 1,280 days (3.50 years), coming as close as 1.04 AU and reaching as far as 3.57 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 KL6 is probably between 0.792 to 1.770 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 2002 KL6 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.61 hours.

Close Approaches

2002 KL6's orbit is 0.06 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

2002 KL6 has 9 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 5, 2023 9,515,369 6.989
Aug. 2, 2030 9,341,154 7.036
July 31, 2037 9,394,462 7.065
Aug. 21, 2044 11,521,433 7.905
Sept. 11, 2051 27,480,512 12.524
July 2, 2174 22,712,036 11.003
July 16, 2181 11,825,710 8.182
July 14, 2188 12,571,853 8.444
July 9, 2195 17,521,951 9.515

Images and Observations

2002 KL6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 28, 1995. It was last officially observed on Aug. 7, 2023. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,816 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

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

Similar Objects

These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of 2002 KL6:



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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2460200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.307 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5485
  • Inclination: 3.25°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 212.94°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 98.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 11.12°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.022 km
  • Magnitude: 17.63

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,280 days (3.50 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.61 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.57 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.04 AU
  • Rotation Period: 4.61 hours

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2002 KL6 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.