Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 17,083,327 km of Earth in 2021
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2016 LY8 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 LY8 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 LY8 orbits the sun every 613 days (1.68 years), coming as close as 0.89 AU and reaching as far as 1.94 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 LY8 is probably between 0.048 to 0.214 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2016 LY8'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 LY8 has 17 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
July 30, 2021 17,083,327 7.453
Sept. 25, 2026 13,142,514 7.282
Oct. 24, 2031 13,969,545 11.797
June 14, 2063 14,083,206 11.912
July 8, 2068 11,514,420 7.362
Sept. 3, 2073 17,824,959 7.522
Oct. 19, 2078 6,179,467 9.997
June 9, 2105 25,650,094 14.205
July 6, 2110 9,807,544 7.563
Sept. 17, 2115 15,843,001 7.324
Oct. 27, 2120 18,103,853 12.678
June 22, 2147 4,246,001 9.875
July 31, 2152 17,031,646 7.431
Sept. 23, 2157 14,536,072 7.274
Oct. 24, 2162 11,107,028 11.175
June 15, 2194 15,401,843 12.183
July 11, 2199 11,400,123 7.391

Images and Observations

2016 LY8's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 5, 2016. It was last officially observed on June 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 180 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2016 LY8 can be reached with a journey of 362 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 11.384 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 83 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 LY8.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.412 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3719
  • Inclination: 1.72°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 124.39°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 204.0°
  • Mean Anomaly: 332.61°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.131 km
  • Magnitude: 22.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 613 days (1.68 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 25.06 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.94 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.89 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of 2016 LY8 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 LY8 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.