Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 28,656,684 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 28,656,684 8.612
April 29, 2072 15,436,639 5.991
May 3, 2073 3,383,729 3.685
May 3, 2074 995,543 2.918

NASA Sentry has assessed impact risk for 39 very close approach scenarios. Here are the top scenarios ordered by probability of impact:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Distance Error (km) Probability of Impact (%) Impact Energy (Mt)
May 3, 2074 2,786.28 ±1.42 0.68770 0.008193
May 2, 2106 250.38 ±3.90 0.00358 0.0082
May 3, 2073 2,478.12 ±1.70 0.00090 0.008209
May 2, 2104 3,511.74 ±0.00 0.00057 0.008192
May 1, 2081 796.08 ±0.00 0.00055 0.008193
May 1, 2092 2,991.72 ±0.00 0.00047 0.008199
May 2, 2091 686.94 ±0.00 0.00037 0.008199
May 2, 2091 2,330.46 ±0.00 0.00033 0.008192
May 2, 2090 1,104.24 ±0.00 0.00032 0.0082
May 2, 2095 2,786.28 ±6.31 0.00031 0.008197
May 1, 2078 1,900.32 ±0.00 0.00028 0.008201
May 1, 2089 2,452.44 ±0.00 0.00027 0.008203
May 1, 2093 2,677.14 ±0.00 0.00026 0.008191
May 1, 2088 3,710.76 ±6.31 0.00023 0.00819
May 1, 2090 3,948.30 ±0.00 0.00020 0.008189
April 29, 2099 3,126.54 ±14.79 0.00020 0.008189
May 1, 2090 3,884.10 ±0.00 0.00020 0.008189
May 2, 2091 712.62 ±0.00 0.00018 0.008199
May 1, 2089 5,187.36 ±0.00 0.00017 0.008193
May 1, 2080 3,601.62 ±10.92 0.00017 0.008196
May 1, 2092 3,126.54 ±0.00 0.00012 0.008198
May 1, 2083 5,534.04 ±12.61 0.00011 0.008192
May 2, 2109 1,232.64 ±25.22 0.00009 0.008197
May 1, 2089 5,014.02 ±0.00 0.00009 0.008194
May 1, 2089 4,872.78 ±21.84 0.00008 0.008196
May 1, 2083 4,956.24 ±12.61 0.00007 0.008188
May 2, 2107 1,579.32 ±35.67 0.00006 0.008194
Oct. 28, 2099 3,203.58 ±12.61 0.00006 0.008187
May 1, 2075 2,715.66 ±43.68 0.00006 0.008187
May 2, 2107 6,002.70 ±0.00 0.00005 0.008185
May 1, 2079 6,285.18 ±0.00 0.00004 0.008192
May 1, 2106 3,787.80 ±0.00 0.00002 0.008197
May 1, 2086 6,034.80 ±0.00 0.00001 0.008194
May 3, 2103 1,508.70 ±1.93 0.00001 0.00821
Oct. 28, 2099 2,291.94 ±6.31 0.00001 0.008185
May 2, 2086 1,399.56 ±1.58 0.00000 0.008212
May 1, 2085 1,592.16 ±2.73 0.00000 0.008204
May 2, 2083 3,306.30 ±5.46 0.00000 0.008202
May 1, 2081 449.40 ±3.15 0.00000 0.008214

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 76 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.01027966948 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0830891868696
  • Inclination: 1.43882896351°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 43.465533096°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 273.648061361°
  • Mean Anomaly: 199.423548412°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.007 km
  • Magnitude: 28.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 371 days (1.02 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.63 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.09 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.93 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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