Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 6,803,314 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2008 KV2 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2008 KV2 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

2008 KV2 orbits the sun every 286 days (0.78 years), coming as close as 0.50 AU and reaching as far as 1.20 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2008 KV2 is probably between 0.146 to 0.327 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2008 KV2's orbit is 0.04 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.

2008 KV2 has 45 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
June 27, 2019 6,803,314 11.371
April 1, 2022 14,339,480 12.741
May 23, 2026 27,744,776 8.828
June 25, 2030 25,255,405 15.984
April 5, 2033 15,473,221 9.057
June 14, 2037 19,885,720 8.632
April 26, 2044 25,844,629 8.699
June 26, 2048 6,813,958 10.705
April 1, 2051 17,668,229 13.698
May 20, 2055 28,212,514 8.862
June 25, 2059 23,405,663 15.552
April 7, 2062 16,138,407 8.921
June 21, 2066 14,693,378 8.954
April 3, 2069 25,756,466 15.687
May 17, 2073 28,165,270 8.844
June 24, 2077 27,333,785 16.382
April 13, 2080 20,160,350 8.579
June 26, 2084 7,882,133 10.220
April 1, 2087 15,473,760 13.102
May 30, 2091 26,157,925 8.722
April 24, 2098 24,840,455 8.638
June 28, 2102 7,217,858 11.481
April 2, 2105 11,516,109 11.708
June 3, 2109 25,045,750 8.687
April 22, 2116 24,128,912 8.609
June 27, 2120 7,928,473 10.254
April 3, 2123 19,295,892 14.179
May 17, 2127 28,507,250 8.876
June 28, 2131 17,729,627 14.289
April 3, 2134 11,327,157 10.129
June 7, 2138 23,908,201 8.655
April 20, 2145 23,136,474 8.597
June 27, 2149 9,404,284 9.856
April 3, 2152 21,488,848 14.713
May 16, 2156 28,303,696 8.870
June 26, 2160 22,278,525 15.286
April 8, 2163 15,370,012 9.013
June 23, 2167 14,114,634 9.001
April 4, 2170 23,909,231 15.267
May 21, 2174 27,923,094 8.829
April 17, 2181 21,286,869 8.572
June 28, 2185 7,223,565 10.593
April 2, 2188 13,726,688 12.652
June 2, 2192 25,482,126 8.695
April 27, 2199 25,094,866 8.665

Images and Observations

2008 KV2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 28, 2008. It was last officially observed on June 9, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 154 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: 0.85002747432 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.411982773276
  • Inclination: 5.056464693°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 67.0033456637°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 347.626725562°
  • Mean Anomaly: 184.027516212°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.189 km
  • Magnitude: 21.3

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 286 days (0.78 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 32.31 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.20 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.50 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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