2016 RU33 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2016 RU33 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 collision.
2016 RU33 orbits the sun every 379 days (1.04 years), coming as close as 0.80 AU and reaching as far as 1.25 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 RU33 is probably between 0.06 to 0.25 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus.
2016 RU33's orbit is 0.02 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
2016 RU33 has 15 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 13, 2019||28,882,549||6.529|
|March 20, 2020||9,776,492||5.393|
|April 4, 2021||25,603,534||11.501|
|Sept. 8, 2044||27,330,341||11.929|
|Sept. 16, 2045||6,389,817||5.732|
|March 25, 2049||5,389,460||6.836|
|Sept. 14, 2072||7,828,578||8.160|
|March 11, 2076||15,061,054||4.725|
|April 3, 2077||20,370,017||10.485|
|Sept. 13, 2100||15,663,314||9.661|
|March 31, 2105||10,570,237||8.439|
|Sept. 13, 2128||15,508,038||9.642|
|April 1, 2133||13,129,686||8.982|
|Sept. 16, 2156||6,109,051||7.796|
|April 3, 2161||17,063,335||9.797|
2016 RU33's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 10, 2016. It was last officially observed on Sept. 17, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 28 observations used to determine its orbit.
2016 RU33 can be reached with a journey of 370 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 7.196 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 173,121 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2016 RU33.
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