Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 18,152,807 km of Earth in 2024
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

1994 GL is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1994 GL 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.

1994 GL orbits the sun every 206 days (0.56 years), coming as close as 0.34 AU and reaching as far as 1.03 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1994 GL is probably between 0.035 to 0.078 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

1994 GL's orbit is 0.01 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.

1994 GL has 9 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
April 24, 2024 18,152,807 14.042
March 16, 2029 16,241,354 13.419
April 24, 2037 20,145,237 14.513
April 24, 2076 16,659,682 13.686
March 16, 2081 18,530,027 13.975
March 17, 2120 17,509,633 13.712
April 6, 2124 4,107,228 9.230
April 25, 2128 17,847,739 13.974
March 18, 2185 18,730,349 14.032

Images and Observations

1994 GL's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 7, 1994. It was last officially observed on April 10, 1994. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 10 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

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2449450.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.6835 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5043
  • Inclination: 3.66°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 197.21°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 179.06°
  • Mean Anomaly: 179.76°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.045 km
  • Magnitude: 24.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 206 days (0.56 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 36.10 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.03 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.34 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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