Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 25,512,881 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2019 YM6 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2019 YM6 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 YM6 orbits the sun every 401 days (1.10 years), coming as close as 0.81 AU and reaching as far as 1.31 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2019 YM6 is probably between 0.101 to 0.226 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2019 YM6's orbit is 0.03 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 YM6 has 23 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Jan. 28, 2020 25,512,881 11.036
July 31, 2021 6,873,099 13.468
Jan. 27, 2031 6,554,499 13.099
July 20, 2032 21,644,331 11.252
Jan. 27, 2054 26,116,344 11.005
Aug. 1, 2055 7,579,057 13.584
Jan. 27, 2065 6,743,946 12.753
July 22, 2066 17,954,569 11.468
Jan. 24, 2076 23,192,823 15.896
Aug. 6, 2089 21,322,660 15.566
Jan. 28, 2099 17,737,588 11.453
July 29, 2100 5,867,627 12.675
Jan. 27, 2110 10,222,388 13.876
July 18, 2111 28,321,785 10.993
Aug. 10, 2123 29,107,825 16.730
Jan. 29, 2133 19,727,725 11.323
July 30, 2134 5,568,870 12.808
Jan. 27, 2144 12,860,722 14.313
Aug. 7, 2157 21,130,050 15.538
Jan. 29, 2167 10,721,201 12.072
July 25, 2168 13,048,724 11.842
Jan. 24, 2178 24,799,667 16.142
Aug. 3, 2191 10,347,446 13.976

Images and Observations

2019 YM6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 31, 2019. It was last officially observed on Nov. 16, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 61 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.063 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2348
  • Inclination: 20.82°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 123.49°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 97.32°
  • Mean Anomaly: 32.13°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.130 km
  • Magnitude: 22.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 401 days (1.10 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 28.84 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.31 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.81 AU

Map Comparison

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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 YM6 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.