Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 5,710,874 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 5,710,874 11.311
June 5, 2027 9,550,072 12.867
May 1, 2028 29,004,236 18.687
May 5, 2033 3,439,800 11.639
June 5, 2038 9,327,344 12.782
May 1, 2039 28,907,882 18.666
May 7, 2044 4,798,759 11.433
June 5, 2049 10,485,097 13.260
May 1, 2050 26,014,916 18.000
May 11, 2055 6,632,605 11.190
June 6, 2060 13,409,783 14.190
April 30, 2061 20,454,336 16.697
May 17, 2066 8,724,948 11.021
June 7, 2071 19,692,776 15.918
April 29, 2072 12,642,459 14.904
May 25, 2077 8,908,287 11.186
May 3, 2083 1,365,940 12.455
May 31, 2088 8,317,485 11.606
June 6, 2093 29,638,116 18.450
May 1, 2094 3,930,151 12.983
May 26, 2099 9,097,612 11.144
June 8, 2104 19,754,256 15.937
May 1, 2105 14,248,197 15.260
May 15, 2110 8,113,433 11.051
June 7, 2115 10,345,155 13.203
May 2, 2116 27,413,191 18.305
May 6, 2121 2,650,609 11.781
June 3, 2126 8,215,106 11.893
May 2, 2132 2,626,855 12.725
May 25, 2137 9,303,506 11.083
June 9, 2142 17,706,114 15.428
May 1, 2143 16,330,285 15.749
May 13, 2148 7,507,127 11.116
June 6, 2153 8,992,736 12.658
May 4, 2159 1,104,430 12.365
May 24, 2164 9,387,194 11.037
June 8, 2169 13,264,877 14.222
May 2, 2170 22,720,272 17.232
May 6, 2175 2,439,150 11.838
May 31, 2180 8,496,184 11.418
June 8, 2185 22,779,080 16.790
May 1, 2186 10,733,325 14.484
May 17, 2191 8,650,103 11.003
June 7, 2196 9,927,456 13.212
May 2, 2197 27,491,109 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 June 16, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 197 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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Size Rendering

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