2001 YV3 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2001 YV3 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2001 YV3 orbits the sun every 991 days (2.71 years), coming as close as 0.55 AU and reaching as far as 3.34 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2001 YV3 is probably between 0.204 to 0.457 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
2001 YV3's orbit is 0.03 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
2001 YV3 has 8 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Dec. 13, 2020||10,969,420||20.374|
|May 31, 2023||21,001,240||26.194|
|Dec. 13, 2039||14,085,709||19.773|
|May 29, 2042||27,019,395||27.461|
|Dec. 8, 2058||23,848,917||17.654|
|Dec. 25, 2142||14,824,615||25.283|
|June 8, 2145||6,794,737||22.913|
|Dec. 14, 2161||15,158,254||19.449|
2001 YV3's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 22, 2001. It was last officially observed on May 31, 2023. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 178 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2001 YV3 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 below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2001 YV3 to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.