2002 UK11 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2002 UK11 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2002 UK11 orbits the sun every 556 days (1.52 years), coming as close as 0.56 AU and reaching as far as 2.08 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 UK11 is probably between 0.111 to 0.248 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
The rotation of 2002 UK11 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.00 hours.
2002 UK11'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.
2002 UK11 has 15 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 11, 2021||12,688,408||20.286|
|Nov. 13, 2034||9,289,745||19.534|
|June 2, 2050||13,963,763||15.172|
|Nov. 8, 2063||25,690,838||22.940|
|Nov. 25, 2066||22,628,653||13.403|
|June 7, 2082||2,017,609||17.888|
|Nov. 9, 2095||23,005,901||22.370|
|Nov. 25, 2098||22,473,051||13.435|
|June 14, 2114||15,888,037||20.906|
|Nov. 21, 2127||8,851,821||16.226|
|June 14, 2143||15,491,531||20.824|
|Nov. 10, 2153||23,786,714||22.564|
|June 8, 2169||3,218,720||17.403|
|Nov. 17, 2182||3,566,147||18.181|
|June 2, 2198||20,438,282||13.898|
2002 UK11's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 28, 2002. It was last officially observed on June 21, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 77 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2002 UK11 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 2002 UK11 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.