Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 29,051,042 km of Earth in 2071
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2006 JY26 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2006 JY26 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.

2006 JY26 orbits the sun every 371 days (1.02 years), coming as close as 0.93 AU and reaching as far as 1.09 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2006 JY26 is probably between 0.006 to 0.012 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2006 JY26's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.

2006 JY26 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
April 26, 2071 29,051,042 8.690
April 29, 2072 15,818,450 6.065
May 2, 2073 3,714,054 3.745
May 4, 2074 1,456,488 2.789

NASA Sentry has assessed impact risk for 115 very close approach scenarios. Here are the top scenarios ordered by probability of impact:

Date Probability of Impact (%) Impact Energy (Mt)
May 3, 2074 0.48160 0.008066
May 3, 2119 0.00788 0.008061
May 2, 2106 0.00308 0.008075
May 1, 2120 0.00088 0.008062
May 1, 2081 0.00040 0.008066
May 1, 2092 0.00036 0.008073
May 2, 2104 0.00036 0.008065
May 3, 2073 0.00032 0.008074
May 2, 2091 0.00029 0.008073
May 2, 2095 0.00023 0.008071
May 2, 2091 0.00021 0.008065
May 2, 2090 0.00021 0.008073
May 1, 2078 0.00020 0.008074
May 1, 2089 0.00018 0.008076
May 1, 2093 0.00017 0.008064
May 1, 2095 0.00017 0.008078
May 1, 2090 0.00015 0.008063
May 1, 2088 0.00015 0.008063
May 1, 2090 0.00015 0.008063
May 2, 2091 0.00014 0.008073
May 1, 2089 0.00013 0.008068
April 27, 2113 0.00013 0.008072
April 29, 2099 0.00013 0.008062
Oct. 28, 2099 0.00012 0.008055
Oct. 28, 2120 0.00011 0.008069
May 1, 2080 0.00011 0.008069
Nov. 2, 2118 0.00009 0.008053
May 2, 2091 0.00009 0.008073
May 1, 2092 0.00009 0.008072
May 1, 2083 0.00008 0.008065
May 1, 2093 0.00008 0.00806
May 2, 2109 0.00007 0.008071
May 1, 2089 0.00007 0.008068
May 1, 2097 0.00007 0.00808
May 1, 2078 0.00006 0.008058
May 1, 2089 0.00006 0.008072
May 1, 2085 0.00006 0.008065
May 2, 2102 0.00005 0.008078
May 1, 2083 0.00005 0.008062
April 30, 2099 0.00005 0.008044
May 2, 2112 0.00005 0.008071
April 30, 2096 0.00004 0.008063
May 1, 2092 0.00004 0.008071
May 2, 2103 0.00004 0.008069
May 1, 2093 0.00004 0.00806
May 1, 2078 0.00004 0.008074
May 1, 2119 0.00003 0.008078
April 30, 2089 0.00003 0.008069
Oct. 28, 2099 0.00003 0.008056
Oct. 28, 2120 0.00003 0.008067
May 2, 2107 0.00003 0.008066
May 2, 2101 0.00003 0.008063
April 28, 2122 0.00003 0.008066
May 1, 2095 0.00003 0.008065
May 2, 2105 0.00003 0.008079
May 1, 2091 0.00003 0.008072
May 1, 2083 0.00003 0.008071
May 1, 2097 0.00003 0.008072
May 1, 2078 0.00003 0.008066
May 1, 2079 0.00003 0.008066
May 3, 2104 0.00003 0.008074
May 2, 2105 0.00003 0.008077
April 30, 2088 0.00003 0.00806
May 1, 2104 0.00003 0.008068
May 2, 2113 0.00002 0.008078
May 2, 2103 0.00002 0.008075
May 1, 2093 0.00002 0.00806
Oct. 31, 2120 0.00002 0.008066
May 1, 2098 0.00002 0.008065
May 1, 2097 0.00002 0.008071
May 2, 2117 0.00002 0.008071
May 1, 2112 0.00002 0.008072
April 27, 2120 0.00002 0.008075
May 1, 2087 0.00002 0.008061
May 2, 2103 0.00002 0.008068
May 1, 2095 0.00002 0.008061
May 2, 2107 0.00002 0.008068
May 1, 2095 0.00002 0.00807
April 30, 2096 0.00001 0.008073
Oct. 29, 2119 0.00001 0.008056
May 2, 2114 0.00001 0.008072
May 2, 2111 0.00001 0.008075
May 2, 2105 0.00001 0.008079
May 2, 2111 0.00001 0.008069
May 2, 2114 0.00001 0.00807
May 1, 2106 0.00001 0.008066
May 1, 2101 0.00001 0.008068
May 1, 2104 0.00001 0.008059
May 2, 2107 0.00000 0.008071
May 3, 2103 0.00000 0.008077
April 30, 2093 0.00000 0.008073
May 2, 2106 0.00000 0.008073
May 3, 2107 0.00000 0.00807
May 1, 2105 0.00000 0.00807
May 2, 2093 0.00000 0.008058
Nov. 2, 2108 0.00000 0.008069
May 2, 2103 0.00000 0.008074
April 27, 2120 0.00000 0.008075
Oct. 29, 2119 0.00000 0.008051
May 2, 2107 0.00000 0.008061
April 29, 2110 0.00000 0.008065
May 1, 2093 0.00000 0.008066
April 28, 2121 0.00000 0.00806
May 1, 2087 0.00000 0.008067
May 1, 2091 0.00000 0.008068
May 2, 2107 0.00000 0.008065
May 1, 2095 0.00000 0.008063
Oct. 29, 2119 0.00000 0.008053
May 1, 2088 0.00000 0.008069
May 1, 2106 0.00000 0.008069
May 1, 2086 0.00000 0.008069
May 2, 2103 0.00000 0.008062
May 2, 2105 0.00000 0.008073
May 1, 2119 0.00000 0.008067
May 1, 2091 0.00000 0.008064

Images and Observations

2006 JY26's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 6, 2006. It was last officially observed on May 10, 2006. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 77 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.01 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0831
  • Inclination: 1.44°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 43.46°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 273.67°
  • Mean Anomaly: 284.15°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.007 km
  • Magnitude: 28.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 371 days (1.02 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.62 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.09 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.93 AU

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