Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a football field (0.27 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 26,172,013 km of Earth in 2024
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

247517 (2002 QY6) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2002 QY6 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.

2002 QY6 orbits the sun every 270 days (0.74 years), coming as close as 0.25 AU and reaching as far as 1.39 AU from the sun. 2002 QY6 is about 0.3 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, comparable in size to a football field.

Close Approaches

2002 QY6's orbit is 0.11 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.

2002 QY6 has 27 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 3, 2024 26,172,013 23.978
Oct. 5, 2025 20,516,085 18.293
Aug. 2, 2027 26,996,602 17.623
Sept. 30, 2028 27,898,028 25.256
Aug. 2, 2041 21,564,366 22.135
Oct. 5, 2042 16,588,949 19.706
Aug. 1, 2058 20,472,292 21.350
Oct. 5, 2059 16,036,874 20.340
Aug. 2, 2075 20,527,413 21.421
Oct. 5, 2076 16,162,751 20.196
Aug. 1, 2092 21,096,589 21.894
Oct. 5, 2093 16,650,165 19.772
Aug. 3, 2109 21,493,482 22.162
Oct. 6, 2110 16,975,534 19.600
Aug. 3, 2126 20,489,516 21.501
Oct. 7, 2127 16,269,910 20.252
Aug. 3, 2143 19,971,298 20.245
Oct. 5, 2144 17,018,202 21.519
Oct. 5, 2158 28,650,475 16.939
Aug. 2, 2160 20,824,119 19.455
Oct. 5, 2161 18,846,472 22.405
Oct. 5, 2175 28,027,619 17.038
Aug. 2, 2177 20,935,061 19.379
Oct. 5, 2178 19,017,678 22.465
Oct. 4, 2192 29,440,654 16.875
Aug. 2, 2194 20,343,483 19.727
Oct. 6, 2195 18,012,306 21.993

Images and Observations

2002 QY6's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 16, 2002. It was last officially observed on Oct. 5, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 367 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.817 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6992
  • Inclination: 12.75°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 164.21°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 355.37°
  • Mean Anomaly: 0.95°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.26900 km
  • Magnitude: 19.7
  • Albedo: 0.357

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 270 days (0.74 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 32.92 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.39 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.25 AU

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Size Rendering

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