Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 26,992,676 km of Earth in 2021
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2016 JX24 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 JX24 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 JX24 orbits the sun every 306 days (0.84 years), coming as close as 0.70 AU and reaching as far as 1.08 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 JX24 is probably between 0.014 to 0.065 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2016 JX24's orbit is 0.01 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.

2016 JX24 has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 3, 2021 26,992,676 10.968
July 29, 2032 22,527,386 7.557
May 30, 2037 14,026,766 5.021
Sept. 15, 2037 28,749,757 4.786
May 1, 2042 13,073,273 8.316
July 30, 2053 23,567,050 7.942
May 29, 2058 13,741,396 5.034
May 1, 2063 12,991,863 8.309
July 29, 2079 20,429,744 6.570
May 1, 2094 8,750,412 7.476
May 4, 2099 27,893,556 11.120
July 29, 2120 23,175,746 7.675
July 22, 2125 18,602,538 5.181

Images and Observations

2016 JX24's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 10, 2016. It was last officially observed on May 28, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 60 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2016 JX24 can be reached with a journey of 370 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 8.933 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 34,419 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 JX24.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.8892 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2178
  • Inclination: 7.19°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 227.01°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 217.16°
  • Mean Anomaly: 305.36°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.040 km
  • Magnitude: 25.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 306 days (0.84 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 31.61 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.08 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.70 AU

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of 2016 JX24 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.

Size Rendering

The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2016 JX24 to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.