285571 (2000 PQ9) is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2000 PQ9 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.
2000 PQ9 orbits the sun every 959 days (2.63 years), coming as close as 1.08 AU and reaching as far as 2.73 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2000 PQ9 is probably between 0.506 to 1.133 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2000 PQ9's orbit is 0.07 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.
2000 PQ9 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|July 21, 2021||10,054,848||8.949|
|July 31, 2042||17,791,205||9.279|
|July 20, 2113||11,003,665||9.112|
|July 28, 2134||13,143,828||8.948|
2000 PQ9's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 9, 2000. It was last officially observed on Dec. 8, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 4,928 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2000 PQ9 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.