Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

467460 (2006 JF42) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2006 JF42 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

2006 JF42 orbits the sun every 201 days (0.55 years), coming as close as 0.28 AU and reaching as far as 1.06 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2006 JF42 is probably between 0.384 to 0.859 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

No Close Approaches

2006 JF42's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

2006 JF42's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 11, 2006. It was last officially observed on April 14, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 200 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: 0.6718 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5817
  • Inclination: 5.95°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 40.88°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 17.81°
  • Mean Anomaly: 311.88°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.496 km
  • Magnitude: 19.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 201 days (0.55 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 36.36 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.06 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.28 AU

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Size Rendering

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