Key Facts

Overview

2020 AV2 is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2020 AV2 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.

2020 AV2 orbits the sun every 151 days (0.41 years), coming as close as 0.46 AU and reaching as far as 0.65 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2020 AV2 is probably between 1.395 to 3.119 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.

No Close Approaches

2020 AV2's orbit is 0.35 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

2020 AV2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 4, 2020. It was last officially observed on Jan. 23, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 135 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.5554 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1771
  • Inclination: 15.87°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 6.71°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 187.31°
  • Mean Anomaly: 222.49°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~1.801 km
  • Magnitude: 16.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 151 days (0.41 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 40.01 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 0.65 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.46 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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