2015 NU13 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2015 NU13 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2015 NU13 orbits the sun every 904 days (2.48 years), coming as close as 0.75 AU and reaching as far as 2.91 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2015 NU13 is probably between 0.305 to 0.682 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.
2015 NU13's orbit is 0.01 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.
2015 NU13 has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 9, 2021||5,650,324||15.078|
|Aug. 15, 2035||12,751,981||17.913|
|Jan. 6, 2068||9,481,855||13.781|
|Sept. 5, 2077||19,583,854||11.933|
|Aug. 22, 2114||2,158,928||15.535|
|Dec. 29, 2131||20,465,794||11.690|
|Aug. 27, 2136||8,456,081||13.800|
|Jan. 12, 2154||4,825,853||15.274|
|Sept. 24, 2158||28,952,546||11.559|
|Jan. 26, 2176||29,701,102||21.273|
2015 NU13's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 12, 2015. It was last officially observed on Aug. 16, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 72 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2015 NU13 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 2015 NU13 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.