Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 11,238,292 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 LT4 is a very small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2019 LT4 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 LT4 orbits the sun every 1,148 days (3.14 years), coming as close as 1.07 AU and reaching as far as 3.22 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 LT4 is probably between 0.039 to 0.087 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2019 LT4's orbit is 0.07 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 LT4 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
July 12, 2019 11,238,292 7.508
June 22, 2104 24,173,281 11.196
July 3, 2126 12,753,127 8.611
July 6, 2148 11,277,068 8.141

Images and Observations

2019 LT4's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 7, 2019. It was last officially observed on June 27, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 28 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 LT4:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.1460663053 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.501889004928
  • Inclination: 8.41827803302°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 93.0597565411°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 206.306914313°
  • Mean Anomaly: 332.890561939°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.050 km
  • Magnitude: 24.184

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,148 days (3.14 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.33 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.22 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.07 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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