Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 4,018,036 km of Earth in 2028
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2006 RH120 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2006 RH120 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 RH120 orbits the sun every 366 days (1.00 years), coming as close as 0.97 AU and reaching as far as 1.04 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2006 RH120 is probably between 0.022 to 0.100 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

The rotation of 2006 RH120 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 0.05 days.

Close Approaches

2006 RH120's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.

2006 RH120 has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 18, 2028 4,018,036 0.136
Oct. 9, 2028 4,049,035 0.785

Images and Observations

2006 RH120's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 14, 2006. It was last officially observed on June 22, 2007. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 131 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2006 RH120 can be reached with a journey of 450 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 3.969 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 2,498,249 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2006 RH120.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2454105.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.0018615008 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0351285606757
  • Inclination: 1.08773103006°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 292.794222737°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 226.780666074°
  • Mean Anomaly: 307.824957942°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.061 km
  • Magnitude: 29.5

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 366 days (1.00 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.76 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.04 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.97 AU
  • Rotation Period: 0.05 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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