Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 23,443,538 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 SF2 is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2019 SF2 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 SF2 orbits the sun every 561 days (1.54 years), coming as close as 1.05 AU and reaching as far as 1.61 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 SF2 is probably between 0.390 to 1.740 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Close Approaches

2019 SF2's orbit is 0.08 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 SF2 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Dec. 3, 2019 23,443,538 5.107
Dec. 3, 2039 21,326,700 4.696
Nov. 25, 2096 19,864,792 3.065
Nov. 28, 2116 21,833,188 3.233
Dec. 5, 2159 22,959,064 4.965
Dec. 3, 2179 17,525,067 3.911
Dec. 6, 2199 25,410,352 5.465

Images and Observations

2019 SF2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 5, 2019. It was last officially observed on Oct. 21, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 31 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2019 SF2 can be reached with a journey of 418 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 10.164 km/s. To put this into perspective, the delta-v to launch a rocket to Low-Earth Orbit is 9.7 km/s. There are 6,972 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2019 SF2.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.33186176195 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.211487675062
  • Inclination: 3.32100214548°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 293.910109213°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 127.09312074°
  • Mean Anomaly: 219.907944177°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.065 km
  • Magnitude: 22.919

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 561 days (1.54 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 25.81 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.61 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.05 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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