2012 XJ16 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2012 XJ16 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 collision.
2012 XJ16 orbits the sun every 371 days (1.02 years), coming as close as 0.81 AU and reaching as far as 1.21 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2012 XJ16 is probably between 0.05 to 0.11 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus.
2012 XJ16's orbit is 0.06 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
2012 XJ16 has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 12, 2019||15,105,210||10.223|
|June 21, 2020||20,471,253||11.589|
2012 XJ16's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 6, 2012. It was last officially observed on Dec. 14, 2012. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 27 observations used to determine its orbit.
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