Key Facts

Overview

16816 (1997 UF9) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1997 UF9 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.

1997 UF9 orbits the sun every 633 days (1.73 years), coming as close as 0.57 AU and reaching as far as 2.31 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1997 UF9 is probably between 1.530 to 3.420 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of 1997 UF9 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.40 days.

No Close Approaches

1997 UF9's orbit is 0.38 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.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

1997 UF9's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 29, 1997. It was last officially observed on Jan. 23, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 839 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.442 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6039
  • Inclination: 25.91°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 37.18°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 157.94°
  • Mean Anomaly: 265.32°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.975 km
  • Magnitude: 16.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 633 days (1.73 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.78 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.31 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.57 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.40 days

Size Comparison

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