159402 (1999 AP10) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 1999 AP10 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 AP10 orbits the sun every 1,340 days (3.67 years), coming as close as 1.02 AU and reaching as far as 3.74 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1999 AP10 is probably between 1.326 to 2.965 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.
The rotation of 1999 AP10 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 7.91 hours.
1999 AP10's orbit is 0.08 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 AP10 has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Oct. 19, 2020||12,065,306||8.076|
|Dec. 1, 2031||25,248,444||9.971|
|Sept. 29, 2156||23,813,010||12.807|
|Sept. 27, 2167||29,396,824||13.991|
|Oct. 1, 2178||23,585,186||12.346|
|Oct. 16, 2189||12,606,757||8.664|
1999 AP10's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 15, 1999. It was last officially observed on June 9, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 5,327 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1999 AP10 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.