2003 FF5 is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2003 FF5 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 collision.
2003 FF5 orbits the sun every 586 days (1.60 years), coming as close as 0.95 AU and reaching as far as 1.79 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2003 FF5 is probably between 0.40 to 1.78 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2003 FF5'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.
2003 FF5 has 14 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 21, 2019||15,504,188||5.872|
|July 1, 2027||17,117,463||5.834|
|July 24, 2035||18,934,461||8.526|
|April 6, 2080||12,900,119||9.755|
|April 14, 2088||4,038,302||7.535|
|April 21, 2096||7,159,238||6.531|
|May 22, 2104||15,644,544||5.830|
|July 7, 2112||16,776,750||5.994|
|July 27, 2120||20,374,535||9.212|
|April 2, 2157||25,474,882||12.204|
|April 11, 2165||7,072,627||8.528|
|April 15, 2173||4,254,271||7.556|
|April 14, 2181||4,614,001||7.813|
|April 6, 2189||16,884,741||10.545|
2003 FF5's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 27, 2003. It was last officially observed on March 26, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 142 observations used to determine its orbit.
2003 FF5 can be reached with a journey of 346 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 11.061 km/s. To put this into perspective, the delta-v to launch a rocket to Low-Earth Orbit is 9.7 km/s. There are 489 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2003 FF5.
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