Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to a football field (0.23 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 2,933,502 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

441987 (2010 NY65) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2010 NY65 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

2010 NY65 orbits the sun every 366 days (1.00 years), coming as close as 0.63 AU and reaching as far as 1.37 AU from the sun. 2010 NY65 is about 0.2 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, comparable in size to a football field.

The rotation of 2010 NY65 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.97 hours.

Close Approaches

2010 NY65's orbit is 0.02 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.

2010 NY65 has 28 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
June 24, 2019 2,933,502 12.625
June 24, 2020 3,757,830 12.887
June 25, 2021 5,972,614 13.351
June 26, 2022 9,415,527 14.012
June 27, 2023 13,529,828 14.791
June 28, 2024 17,866,916 15.585
June 29, 2025 22,508,113 16.482
July 1, 2026 27,330,373 17.385
Nov. 13, 2144 29,465,173 17.041
Nov. 15, 2145 24,236,946 15.800
Nov. 18, 2146 19,875,814 14.615
Nov. 20, 2147 16,831,645 13.487
Nov. 22, 2148 15,764,975 12.394
Nov. 25, 2149 16,935,455 11.397
Nov. 29, 2150 20,005,343 10.432
Dec. 4, 2151 24,288,077 9.652
Dec. 10, 2152 29,103,254 9.247
June 23, 2176 28,974,674 8.058
June 21, 2177 22,919,147 8.766
June 22, 2178 17,029,747 9.642
June 23, 2179 11,520,977 10.519
June 23, 2180 6,607,418 11.408
June 25, 2181 3,264,207 12.215
June 26, 2182 4,277,790 12.947
June 27, 2183 8,849,519 13.912
June 28, 2184 14,545,391 14.972
June 30, 2185 20,753,655 16.164
July 2, 2186 27,135,715 17.363

Images and Observations

2010 NY65's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 14, 2010. It was last officially observed on Aug. 15, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 835 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: 2459200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.002 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3703
  • Inclination: 11.57°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 267.98°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 251.78°
  • Mean Anomaly: 242.03°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.22800 km
  • Magnitude: 21.4
  • Albedo: 0.071

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 366 days (1.00 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 29.78 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.37 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.63 AU
  • Rotation Period: 4.97 hours

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Sky Map

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Size Rendering

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