Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 5,710,836 km of Earth in 2022
  • 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 small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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.

2006 JF42 has 45 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 9, 2022 5,710,836 11.311
June 5, 2027 9,550,044 12.867
May 1, 2028 29,004,312 18.687
May 5, 2033 3,439,754 11.639
June 5, 2038 9,327,331 12.782
May 1, 2039 28,907,900 18.666
May 7, 2044 4,798,751 11.433
June 5, 2049 10,485,092 13.260
May 1, 2050 26,014,938 18.000
May 11, 2055 6,632,584 11.190
June 6, 2060 13,409,768 14.190
April 30, 2061 20,454,385 16.697
May 17, 2066 8,724,924 11.021
June 7, 2071 19,692,754 15.918
April 29, 2072 12,642,518 14.904
May 25, 2077 8,908,261 11.186
May 3, 2083 1,365,893 12.455
May 31, 2088 8,317,456 11.606
June 6, 2093 29,638,055 18.450
May 1, 2094 3,930,245 12.983
May 26, 2099 9,097,597 11.144
June 8, 2104 19,754,150 15.937
May 1, 2105 14,248,345 15.260
May 15, 2110 8,113,380 11.051
June 7, 2115 10,345,100 13.203
May 2, 2116 27,413,282 18.305
May 6, 2121 2,650,613 11.781
June 3, 2126 8,215,075 11.893
May 2, 2132 2,626,842 12.725
May 25, 2137 9,303,488 11.083
June 9, 2142 17,705,984 15.428
May 1, 2143 16,330,467 15.749
May 13, 2148 7,507,042 11.116
June 6, 2153 8,992,677 12.658
May 4, 2159 1,104,448 12.365
May 24, 2164 9,387,173 11.037
June 8, 2169 13,264,840 14.222
May 2, 2170 22,720,349 17.232
May 6, 2175 2,439,099 11.838
May 31, 2180 8,496,154 11.418
June 8, 2185 22,779,150 16.790
May 1, 2186 10,733,274 14.484
May 17, 2191 8,650,138 11.003
June 7, 2196 9,928,044 13.212
May 2, 2197 27,489,691 18.357

Images and Observations

2006 JF42's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 11, 2006. It was last officially observed on May 20, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 191 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: 0.6719 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5817
  • Inclination: 5.95°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 40.88°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 17.81°
  • Mean Anomaly: 323.14°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.496 km
  • Magnitude: 19.2

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 201 days (0.55 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 36.37 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.06 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.28 AU

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Sky Map

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