2012 KF47 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2012 KF47 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.
2012 KF47 orbits the sun every 417 days (1.14 years), coming as close as 0.72 AU and reaching as far as 1.46 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2012 KF47 is probably between 0.168 to 0.375 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
2012 KF47's orbit is 0.14 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.
2012 KF47 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 30, 2020||25,273,292||12.005|
|June 27, 2084||26,530,083||12.904|
|July 1, 2092||24,815,439||11.861|
|July 5, 2100||24,517,288||11.334|
|July 5, 2108||24,508,498||11.345|
|July 2, 2116||24,925,356||11.971|
|June 26, 2124||27,648,679||13.354|
2012 KF47's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 25, 2004. It was last officially observed on May 28, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 109 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2012 KF47 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2012 KF47 to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.