Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a school bus or smaller
  • Will pass within 7,174,898 km of Earth in 2022
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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 0.011 to 0.048 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 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 23, 2022 7,174,898 3.688
Aug. 26, 2131 25,929,032 8.198

Images and Observations

2022 QK36's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 31, 2022. It was last officially observed on Sept. 3, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 20 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 11.173 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 199 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

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

Similar Objects

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459823.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.54 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3178
  • Inclination: 0.84°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 208.07°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 154.89°
  • Mean Anomaly: 346.97°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.030 km
  • Magnitude: 26.04

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

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2022 QK36 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.