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.
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|
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.
2016 GK135 can be reached with a journey of 362 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 4.75 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 2,030,398 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 GK135.
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