Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building
  • Will pass within 26,172,026 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. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 QY6 is probably between 0.305 to 0.682 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.

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 26,172,026 23.978
Oct. 5, 2025 20,516,102 18.293
Aug. 2, 2027 26,996,586 17.623
Sept. 30, 2028 27,898,006 25.256
Aug. 2, 2041 21,564,382 22.135
Oct. 5, 2042 16,588,967 19.706
Aug. 1, 2058 20,472,306 21.350
Oct. 5, 2059 16,036,884 20.340
Aug. 2, 2075 20,527,434 21.421
Oct. 5, 2076 16,162,768 20.196
Aug. 1, 2092 21,096,629 21.894
Oct. 5, 2093 16,650,203 19.772
Aug. 3, 2109 21,493,530 22.162
Oct. 6, 2110 16,975,578 19.600
Aug. 3, 2126 20,489,541 21.501
Oct. 7, 2127 16,269,926 20.252
Aug. 3, 2143 19,971,279 20.245
Oct. 5, 2144 17,018,147 21.519
Oct. 5, 2158 28,650,696 16.939
Aug. 2, 2160 20,824,021 19.455
Oct. 5, 2161 18,846,299 22.405
Oct. 5, 2175 28,027,943 17.038
Aug. 2, 2177 20,934,912 19.379
Oct. 5, 2178 19,017,429 22.465
Oct. 4, 2192 29,441,024 16.875
Aug. 2, 2194 20,343,361 19.727
Oct. 6, 2195 18,012,085 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 0.8169 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.6991
  • Inclination: 12.75°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 164.22°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 355.36°
  • Mean Anomaly: 192.41°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.394 km
  • Magnitude: 19.7

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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