2016 OF is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 OF 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 OF orbits the sun every 545 days (1.49 years), coming as close as 0.99 AU and reaching as far as 1.62 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 OF is probably between 0.061 to 0.136 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2016 OF's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2016 OF has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|July 7, 2019||4,790,343||8.473|
|June 23, 2022||18,564,075||8.285|
|July 23, 2089||21,529,988||11.183|
|July 14, 2092||6,226,140||9.317|
|July 8, 2095||3,582,252||8.544|
|June 21, 2098||20,741,020||8.396|
|July 21, 2156||16,047,199||10.426|
|July 10, 2159||1,671,955||8.667|
|July 11, 2196||714,936||8.867|
|July 13, 2199||1,619,783||8.897|
2016 OF's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 17, 2016. It was last officially observed on Aug. 6, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 93 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2016 OF 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 OF 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.