Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 7,172,998 km of Earth in 2022
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation


2022 QK36 is a very small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2022 QK36 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.

2022 QK36 orbits the sun every 698 days (1.91 years), coming as close as 1.05 AU and reaching as far as 2.03 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2022 QK36 is probably between 0.010 to 0.044 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.

Close Approaches

2022 QK36's orbit is 0.05 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

2022 QK36 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 23, 2022 7,172,998 3.687
Oct. 16, 2043 17,990,756 6.385
Aug. 25, 2066 25,459,449 8.092
Sept. 24, 2087 7,157,683 3.692

Images and Observations

2022 QK36's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 31, 2022. It was last officially observed on Oct. 29, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 65 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

2022 QK36 can be reached with a journey of 378 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 11.171 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 226 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2022 QK36.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2460200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.54 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3175
  • Inclination: 0.84°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 207.79°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 155.35°
  • Mean Anomaly: 181.37°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.027 km
  • Magnitude: 26.26

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 698 days (1.91 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.00 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.03 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.05 AU

Map Comparison

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Sky Map

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