1996 AE2 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1996 AE2 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.
1996 AE2 orbits the sun every 584 days (1.60 years), coming as close as 1.02 AU and reaching as far as 1.72 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1996 AE2 is probably between 0.242 to 0.542 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
1996 AE2's orbit is 0.12 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.
1996 AE2 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 15, 2020||23,615,981||19.571|
|Jan. 15, 2028||26,532,575||19.465|
|Jan. 21, 2167||27,818,210||21.488|
|Jan. 21, 2175||24,443,492||21.133|
|Jan. 20, 2183||22,065,013||20.862|
|Jan. 20, 2191||20,629,529||20.686|
|Jan. 19, 2199||19,873,579||20.576|
1996 AE2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 15, 1996. It was last officially observed on Feb. 3, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 299 observations used to determine its orbit.
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