2016 CE is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 CE 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.
2016 CE orbits the sun every 286 days (0.78 years), coming as close as 0.61 AU and reaching as far as 1.09 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 CE is probably between 0.004 to 0.016 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2016 CE's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.
2016 CE has 11 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 23, 2022||17,290,669||6.345|
|Feb. 4, 2027||18,957,885||12.095|
|Dec. 29, 2033||19,332,340||6.539|
|Nov. 11, 2040||24,762,730||12.008|
|Jan. 26, 2045||11,048,761||6.600|
|Nov. 11, 2051||15,603,674||8.754|
|Feb. 5, 2056||1,023,985||8.473|
|Nov. 12, 2090||16,085,245||9.092|
|Feb. 4, 2095||20,684,873||12.460|
|Nov. 14, 2097||27,926,865||12.843|
|Feb. 6, 2102||4,746,306||9.157|
2016 CE's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 3, 2016. It was last officially observed on Feb. 5, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 57 observations used to determine its orbit.
2016 CE can be reached with a journey of 370 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 10.644 km/s. To put this into perspective, the delta-v to launch a rocket to Low-Earth Orbit is 9.7 km/s. There are 4,360 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 CE.
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