Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 4,651,939 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 LK6 is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2019 LK6 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 LK6 orbits the sun every 356 days (0.97 years), coming as close as 0.79 AU and reaching as far as 1.17 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 LK6 is probably between 0.042 to 0.093 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2019 LK6's orbit is 0.02 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

2019 LK6 has 9 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
June 7, 2019 4,651,939 13.412
June 5, 2020 26,235,242 12.622
Dec. 9, 2022 17,981,161 14.604
Nov. 27, 2023 22,452,384 16.154
June 10, 2132 16,448,993 15.170
June 7, 2133 6,802,616 13.252
June 12, 2169 24,873,645 16.174
June 9, 2170 3,430,320 13.794
June 7, 2171 20,435,722 12.701

Images and Observations

2019 LK6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 13, 2019. It was last officially observed on June 28, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 60 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 LK6:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2460000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.9827 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1925
  • Inclination: 25.39°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 257.28°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 242.8°
  • Mean Anomaly: 30.97°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.054 km
  • Magnitude: 24.03

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 356 days (0.97 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 30.03 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.17 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.79 AU

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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 LK6 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.