Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon (1.37 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 3,427,426 km of Earth in 2021
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2016 AJ193 is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 AJ193 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

2016 AJ193 orbits the sun every 2,160 days (5.91 years), coming as close as 0.60 AU and reaching as far as 5.93 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. 2016 AJ193 is about 1.4 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.

Close Approaches

2016 AJ193's orbit is 0.02 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.

2016 AJ193 has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 21, 2021 3,427,426 26.169
Aug. 19, 2080 6,999,665 24.713

Images and Observations

2016 AJ193's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 16, 2010. It was last officially observed on Aug. 21, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 462 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.265 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.8163
  • Inclination: 22.57°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 331.28°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 82.0°
  • Mean Anomaly: 344.17°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 1.37400 km
  • Magnitude: 18.99
  • Albedo: 0.031

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,160 days (5.91 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.44 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.93 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.60 AU

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2016 AJ193 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.