2001 YK61 is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2001 YK61 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
2001 YK61 orbits the sun every 12,600 days (34.50 years), coming as close as 3.27 AU and reaching as far as 17.91 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2001 YK61 is probably between 4.837 to 10.815 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.
2001 YK61's orbit is 2.29 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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.
2001 YK61's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 21, 2001. It was last officially observed on Jan. 21, 2002. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 32 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2001 YK61 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2001 YK61 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.