Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 11,637,411 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

2021 KY2 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2021 KY2 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.

2021 KY2 orbits the sun every 399 days (1.09 years), coming as close as 1.01 AU and reaching as far as 1.11 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2021 KY2 is probably between 0.016 to 0.073 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2021 KY2's orbit is 0.05 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.

2021 KY2 has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Dec. 26, 2020 11,637,411 5.678
June 9, 2021 9,421,464 5.381
May 31, 2033 29,649,860 7.893
Jan. 6, 2114 26,292,507 7.346
June 21, 2114 13,364,201 5.054
June 28, 2184 19,808,265 5.228

Images and Observations

2021 KY2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 31, 2021. It was last officially observed on June 4, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 20 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2021 KY2 can be reached with a journey of 370 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 6.29 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 166,006 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2021 KY2.

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.061 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0479
  • Inclination: 9.85°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 85.39°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 75.01°
  • Mean Anomaly: 293.42°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.045 km
  • Magnitude: 25.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 399 days (1.09 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 28.93 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.11 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.01 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of 2021 KY2 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.

Size Rendering

The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2021 KY2 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.