Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 13,001,903 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2016 FV13 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 FV13 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 FV13 orbits the sun every 746 days (2.04 years), coming as close as 0.88 AU and reaching as far as 2.34 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 FV13 is probably between 0.018 to 0.041 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2016 FV13's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.

2016 FV13 has 11 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 2, 2020 13,001,903 11.130
April 1, 2063 16,821,782 14.327
May 6, 2065 16,935,848 8.835
July 12, 2067 18,740,182 8.671
Aug. 13, 2069 24,711,487 14.998
April 10, 2112 1,909,417 11.452
May 15, 2114 19,187,270 8.896
June 30, 2116 21,540,063 8.781
Aug. 5, 2118 12,916,660 11.256
March 29, 2177 27,553,959 16.447
April 13, 2179 494,428 11.073

Images and Observations

2016 FV13's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 28, 2016. It was last officially observed on March 17, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 107 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

These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of 2016 FV13:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.609 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4534
  • Inclination: 5.08°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 201.85°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 51.28°
  • Mean Anomaly: 350.42°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.024 km
  • Magnitude: 25.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 746 days (2.04 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 23.46 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.34 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.88 AU

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2016 FV13 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.