Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 22,650,101 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2017 KN27 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2017 KN27 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.

2017 KN27 orbits the sun every 467 days (1.28 years), coming as close as 0.76 AU and reaching as far as 1.60 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2017 KN27 is probably between 0.022 to 0.049 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2017 KN27'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.

2017 KN27 has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Nov. 21, 2020 22,650,101 20.504
Nov. 23, 2043 16,578,325 19.599

Images and Observations

2017 KN27's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 25, 2017. It was last officially observed on June 2, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 76 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.178 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3571
  • Inclination: 27.76°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 241.95°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 271.17°
  • Mean Anomaly: 179.59°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.029 km
  • Magnitude: 25.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 467 days (1.28 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 27.44 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.60 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.76 AU

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2017 KN27 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.