Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 7,023,905 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 EO is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2019 EO 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 EO orbits the sun every 362 days (0.99 years), coming as close as 0.47 AU and reaching as far as 1.52 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 EO 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.

Close Approaches

2019 EO's orbit is 0.05 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

2019 EO has 9 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Feb. 14, 2019 7,023,905 16.669
Feb. 13, 2020 11,780,099 15.138
Feb. 11, 2021 19,104,526 13.640
Feb. 11, 2022 27,086,789 12.257
June 23, 2157 29,743,272 12.397
June 21, 2158 23,556,313 13.948
June 19, 2159 19,129,879 15.501
June 17, 2160 17,722,175 17.067
June 15, 2161 19,859,808 18.679

Images and Observations

2019 EO's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 2, 2019. It was last officially observed on March 12, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 24 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

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

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458546.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.9943 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5318
  • Inclination: 9.34°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 130.33°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 255.56°
  • Mean Anomaly: 74.79°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.079 km
  • Magnitude: 23.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 362 days (0.99 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.88 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.52 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.47 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 2019 EO to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.