2022 TU is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2022 TU 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 TU orbits the sun every 343 days (0.94 years), coming as close as 0.78 AU and reaching as far as 1.14 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2022 TU is probably between 0.032 to 0.144 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2022 TU's orbit is 0.10 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 TU has 19 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 1, 2022||28,907,398||8.090|
|Sept. 26, 2022||28,379,132||6.757|
|Nov. 21, 2023||14,823,823||7.627|
|July 11, 2037||29,163,248||7.131|
|Oct. 29, 2038||19,694,817||7.020|
|May 29, 2053||29,124,906||8.218|
|Sept. 29, 2053||27,828,345||6.804|
|Nov. 23, 2054||15,418,040||7.844|
|July 5, 2068||28,752,878||7.009|
|Nov. 3, 2069||18,158,383||7.000|
|May 20, 2084||29,803,570||8.561|
|Oct. 7, 2084||25,984,481||6.940|
|Nov. 26, 2085||18,645,284||8.680|
|June 20, 2099||28,456,739||7.334|
|Nov. 12, 2100||15,400,467||7.073|
|Oct. 22, 2115||22,304,066||7.022|
|Nov. 29, 2116||27,021,899||10.589|
|Nov. 23, 2131||15,133,579||7.663|
|Nov. 29, 2162||25,616,503||10.242|
2022 TU's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 2, 2022. It was last officially observed on Nov. 15, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 24 observations used to determine its orbit.
2022 TU can be reached with a journey of 410 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 10.82 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 2,403 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.
See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for 2022 TU.
The position of 2022 TU 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 below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2022 TU 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.