Key Facts

Overview

2015 BX514 is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2015 BX514 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2015 BX514 orbits the sun every 15,500 days (42.44 years), coming as close as 4.58 AU and reaching as far as 19.70 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2015 BX514 is probably between 3.052 to 6.824 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

No Close Approaches

2015 BX514's orbit is 3.61 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

2015 BX514's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 27, 2013. It was last officially observed on April 2, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 52 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 12.14 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6224
  • Inclination: 4.74°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 225.6°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 250.82°
  • Mean Anomaly: 57.74°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~3.940 km
  • Magnitude: 14.7

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 15,500 days (42.44 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 8.52 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 19.70 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.58 AU

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2015 BX514 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.