418900 (2009 BE2) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2009 BE2 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.
2009 BE2 orbits the sun every 711 days (1.95 years), coming as close as 1.01 AU and reaching as far as 2.11 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2009 BE2 is probably between 0.384 to 0.859 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2009 BE2's orbit is 0.06 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.
2009 BE2 has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 26, 2019||15,327,636||15.197|
|June 28, 2056||23,858,496||16.231|
|June 12, 2058||27,856,180||12.881|
|June 16, 2095||18,280,190||13.145|
|June 17, 2132||15,742,389||13.265|
|June 16, 2169||21,190,471||13.052|
2009 BE2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 16, 2009. It was last officially observed on July 9, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 218 observations used to determine its orbit.
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