2020 GE is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2020 GE 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 GE orbits the sun every 368 days (1.01 years), coming as close as 0.96 AU and reaching as far as 1.04 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2020 GE is probably between 0.041 to 0.190 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2020 GE's orbit is 0.01 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2020 GE has 14 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 13, 2019||13,021,080||4.265|
|April 10, 2020||2,079,334||2.153|
|March 27, 2021||4,858,702||1.545|
|Feb. 5, 2022||9,870,335||1.768|
|July 8, 2022||9,299,857||1.618|
|Dec. 20, 2022||10,853,708||1.688|
|Sept. 8, 2023||5,723,333||1.447|
|Sept. 24, 2024||659,598||2.219|
|June 16, 2025||12,205,673||2.134|
|Feb. 1, 2026||6,125,624||1.189|
|March 8, 2026||6,078,292||1.282|
|Feb. 15, 2027||12,331,643||4.396|
|Sept. 22, 2067||19,316,672||5.761|
|Sept. 16, 2068||246,214||2.720|
NASA Sentry has assessed impact risk for 11 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. 8, 2112||1,495.86||±8.96||0.00296||0.0109|
|April 27, 2089||1,868.22||±243.41||0.00208||0.01092|
|Dec. 22, 2112||5,245.14||±321.77||0.00013||0.0109|
|Sept. 20, 2103||4,262.88||±41.25||0.00010||0.0109|
|Sept. 25, 2098||584.22||±76.42||0.00007||0.01091|
|Sept. 24, 2099||5,546.88||±70.39||0.00006||0.01092|
|Oct. 4, 2093||956.58||±151.70||0.00005||0.01091|
|Sept. 18, 2109||5,553.30||±42.68||0.00004||0.01091|
|Sept. 23, 2111||2,818.38||±83.58||0.00004||0.01091|
|Feb. 10, 2103||5,842.20||±16,229.76||0.00003||0.01091|
|Sept. 8, 2114||1,701.30||±14.26||0.00000||0.01088|
2020 GE's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 29, 2020. It was last officially observed on April 16, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 37 observations used to determine its orbit.
2020 GE can be reached with a journey of 362 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 3.64 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 5,077,734 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2020 GE.
The position of 2020 GE 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 GE to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.