Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 1,172,558 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 BE5 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2019 BE5 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.

2019 BE5 orbits the sun every 174 days (0.48 years), coming as close as 0.21 AU and reaching as far as 1.01 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 BE5 is probably between 0.025 to 0.057 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

The rotation of 2019 BE5 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 0.00 hours.

Close Approaches

2019 BE5's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.

2019 BE5 has 50 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Jan. 30, 2019 1,172,558 13.410
Feb. 20, 2020 5,248,659 14.805
Jan. 27, 2029 1,646,653 13.959
Feb. 17, 2030 1,604,512 13.883
Jan. 25, 2039 8,771,334 15.587
Feb. 13, 2040 3,122,893 13.113
Feb. 21, 2041 21,284,779 18.800
Jan. 24, 2049 19,036,884 18.101
Feb. 4, 2050 3,575,457 12.971
Feb. 21, 2051 10,717,880 16.115
Jan. 26, 2059 28,469,285 20.503
Jan. 30, 2060 379,739 13.624
Feb. 19, 2061 6,082,329 15.009
Jan. 24, 2069 12,645,493 16.531
Feb. 11, 2070 3,209,929 13.080
Feb. 21, 2071 22,699,037 19.178
Jan. 29, 2079 245,150 13.774
Feb. 19, 2080 2,431,748 14.198
Jan. 25, 2089 8,525,191 15.506
Feb. 13, 2090 3,098,640 13.072
Feb. 22, 2091 20,662,135 18.659
Jan. 25, 2099 22,326,185 18.960
Feb. 2, 2100 2,677,932 13.125
Feb. 22, 2101 7,595,257 15.392
Jan. 29, 2110 2,419,498 14.136
Feb. 19, 2111 581,169 13.712
Feb. 22, 2112 27,810,605 20.508
Jan. 26, 2120 18,246,249 17.915
Feb. 5, 2121 3,675,846 12.956
Feb. 23, 2122 10,111,955 16.003
Jan. 28, 2131 4,129,215 14.501
Feb. 18, 2132 1,361,918 13.455
Feb. 22, 2133 24,895,220 19.741
Jan. 27, 2141 26,705,116 20.050
Jan. 31, 2142 732,826 13.572
Feb. 21, 2143 2,977,400 14.323
Jan. 27, 2152 9,742,629 15.804
Feb. 13, 2153 3,478,916 13.014
Feb. 23, 2154 19,072,102 18.249
Jan. 27, 2162 24,024,625 19.381
Feb. 2, 2163 2,167,982 13.246
Feb. 22, 2164 6,283,915 15.097
Jan. 28, 2173 3,400,268 14.319
Feb. 18, 2174 560,677 13.636
Feb. 22, 2175 26,393,214 20.140
Jan. 27, 2183 26,832,402 20.102
Jan. 31, 2184 900,976 13.558
Feb. 20, 2185 2,601,490 14.244
Jan. 26, 2194 12,340,205 16.447
Feb. 24, 2196 15,883,888 17.458

Images and Observations

2019 BE5's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 31, 2019. It was last officially observed on Jan. 29, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 82 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

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

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These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of 2019 BE5:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.6101 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6592
  • Inclination: 1.44°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 309.02°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 9.76°
  • Mean Anomaly: 174.38°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.033 km
  • Magnitude: 25.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 174 days (0.48 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 38.15 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.01 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.21 AU
  • Rotation Period: 0.00 hours

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2019 BE5 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.