Key Facts

Overview

2019 LF6 is a small asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2019 LF6 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 LF6 orbits the sun every 151 days (0.41 years), coming as close as 0.32 AU and reaching as far as 0.79 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 LF6 is probably between 0.948 to 2.120 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.

No Close Approaches

2019 LF6's orbit is 0.26 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.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

2019 LF6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 10, 2019. It was last officially observed on July 5, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 31 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: 2458651.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.555276049029 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.429630232508
  • Inclination: 29.5248022875°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 179.063760466°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 213.763672851°
  • Mean Anomaly: 236.66167881°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.224 km
  • Magnitude: 17.239

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 151 days (0.41 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 39.97 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.79 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.32 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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