2020 CD3 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2020 CD3 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 CD3 orbits the sun every 379 days (1.04 years), coming as close as 0.99 AU and reaching as far as 1.06 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2020 CD3 is probably between 0.008 to 0.036 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2020 CD3's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2020 CD3 has 7 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 16, 2019||162,328||2.133|
|April 4, 2019||13,122||7.769|
|June 30, 2019||276,856||1.557|
|Sept. 10, 2019||301,937||1.472|
|Nov. 18, 2019||289,681||1.541|
|Feb. 13, 2020||47,063||4.074|
|March 20, 2044||3,654,245||0.216|
NASA Sentry has assessed impact risk for 24 very close approach scenarios. Here are the top scenarios ordered by probability of impact:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Distance Error (km)||Probability of Impact (%)||Impact Energy (Mt)|
|Sept. 14, 2061||526.44||±0.04||0.72770||7.248e-05|
|Sept. 2, 2103||1,630.68||±0.03||0.45330||7.242e-05|
|Sept. 11, 2079||1,598.58||±0.04||0.20860||7.236e-05|
|Sept. 9, 2082||269.64||±0.02||0.12060||7.237e-05|
|Sept. 5, 2102||699.78||±0.02||0.09901||7.236e-05|
|Sept. 10, 2080||988.68||±0.02||0.09445||7.236e-05|
|Sept. 8, 2083||462.24||±0.01||0.07967||7.236e-05|
|Feb. 8, 2103||385.20||±0.01||0.07402||7.237e-05|
|Sept. 9, 2081||1,104.24||±0.03||0.05651||7.235e-05|
|Sept. 7, 2098||3,941.88||±0.05||0.05308||7.245e-05|
|Sept. 6, 2101||2,368.98||±0.02||0.04234||7.243e-05|
|Aug. 31, 2106||1,502.28||±0.03||0.03827||7.242e-05|
|Sept. 6, 2115||2,734.92||±0.04||0.03279||7.242e-05|
|Sept. 15, 2077||4,031.76||±0.07||0.02556||7.241e-05|
|Sept. 7, 2099||4,083.12||±0.03||0.02487||7.246e-05|
|Sept. 8, 2100||5,026.86||±0.09||0.01925||7.245e-05|
|Sept. 5, 2103||2,112.18||±0.01||0.01256||7.242e-05|
|Sept. 6, 2118||6,047.64||±0.10||0.00806||7.242e-05|
|Aug. 29, 2107||3,954.72||±0.08||0.00720||7.248e-05|
|Sept. 6, 2117||2,137.86||±0.07||0.00048||7.245e-05|
|May 31, 2085||1,752.66||±0.20||0.00009||7.242e-05|
|Sept. 7, 2096||1,373.88||±0.03||0.00006||7.235e-05|
|May 16, 2103||2,484.54||±0.10||0.00002||7.238e-05|
|Sept. 12, 2111||6,407.16||±0.34||0.00000||7.244e-05|
2020 CD3's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 15, 2020. It was last officially observed on March 22, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 60 observations used to determine its orbit.
2020 CD3 can be reached with a journey of 378 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 3.571 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 2,239,827 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2020 CD3.
The position of 2020 CD3 is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2020 CD3 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.