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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.