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.

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 5,248,660 14.805
Jan. 27, 2029 1,646,646 13.959
Feb. 17, 2030 1,604,516 13.883
Jan. 25, 2039 8,771,342 15.587
Feb. 13, 2040 3,122,896 13.113
Feb. 21, 2041 21,284,767 18.800
Jan. 24, 2049 19,036,905 18.101
Feb. 4, 2050 3,575,452 12.971
Feb. 21, 2051 10,717,861 16.115
Jan. 26, 2059 28,469,294 20.503
Jan. 30, 2060 379,735 13.624
Feb. 19, 2061 6,082,346 15.009
Jan. 24, 2069 12,645,305 16.531
Feb. 11, 2070 3,209,881 13.080
Feb. 21, 2071 22,699,273 19.178
Jan. 29, 2079 245,042 13.774
Feb. 19, 2080 2,431,838 14.198
Jan. 25, 2089 8,524,437 15.506
Feb. 13, 2090 3,098,359 13.072
Feb. 22, 2091 20,662,956 18.659
Jan. 25, 2099 22,325,778 18.960
Feb. 2, 2100 2,678,040 13.125
Feb. 22, 2101 7,595,392 15.392
Jan. 29, 2110 2,419,765 14.136
Feb. 19, 2111 580,780 13.712
Feb. 22, 2112 27,809,482 20.508
Jan. 26, 2120 18,253,155 17.917
Feb. 5, 2121 3,674,542 12.956
Feb. 23, 2122 10,104,874 16.001
Jan. 28, 2131 4,138,362 14.503
Feb. 18, 2132 1,366,865 13.453
Feb. 22, 2133 24,884,926 19.738
Jan. 27, 2141 26,709,337 20.051
Jan. 31, 2142 731,363 13.573
Feb. 21, 2143 2,974,742 14.322
Jan. 27, 2152 9,737,840 15.803
Feb. 13, 2153 3,477,649 13.015
Feb. 23, 2154 19,078,426 18.251
Jan. 27, 2162 24,011,754 19.378
Feb. 2, 2163 2,172,717 13.246
Feb. 22, 2164 6,292,568 15.099
Jan. 28, 2173 3,400,871 14.319
Feb. 18, 2174 561,507 13.636
Feb. 22, 2175 26,386,602 20.139
Jan. 27, 2183 26,868,934 20.112
Jan. 31, 2184 891,560 13.563
Feb. 20, 2185 2,557,010 14.235
Jan. 26, 2194 12,473,664 16.480
Feb. 24, 2196 15,741,859 17.422

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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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.6101 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6591
  • Inclination: 1.44°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 309.03°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 9.76°
  • Mean Anomaly: 75.35°

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

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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