Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 20,819,177 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2016 GK135 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 GK135 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 GK135 orbits the sun every 358 days (0.98 years), coming as close as 0.90 AU and reaching as far as 1.07 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 GK135 is probably between 0.042 to 0.190 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2016 GK135'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 GK135 has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 13, 2019 20,819,177 6.126
March 21, 2060 21,663,173 6.579
March 21, 2061 3,581,038 3.038
Jan. 29, 2062 12,102,312 1.533
April 23, 2062 8,597,453 2.216
Nov. 24, 2062 13,360,818 2.695
June 26, 2063 11,725,977 1.837
Oct. 6, 2063 9,134,948 2.471
Aug. 26, 2064 6,937,173 3.110
Aug. 14, 2065 20,309,305 6.015
March 21, 2112 22,189,944 6.657
March 20, 2113 6,036,107 3.550
April 8, 2114 6,333,743 2.195

Images and Observations

2016 GK135's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 5, 2016. It was last officially observed on April 14, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 23 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2016 GK135 can be reached with a journey of 450 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 7.116 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 20,116 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 GK135.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.986251101173 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0868052603357
  • Inclination: 3.19471731415°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 18.1128262026°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 55.3295498228°
  • Mean Anomaly: 154.768984187°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.116 km
  • Magnitude: 28.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 358 days (0.98 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.99 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.07 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.90 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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