Sekhmet is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified Sekhmet 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.
Sekhmet orbits the sun every 337 days (0.92 years), coming as close as 0.67 AU and reaching as far as 1.23 AU from the sun. Sekhmet is about 0.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of Sekhmet has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.82 hours.
Sekhmet's orbit is 0.11 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Sekhmet has 14 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 20, 2038||29,706,554||25.307|
|May 19, 2050||23,918,215||24.686|
|May 19, 2062||19,951,128||24.210|
|May 18, 2074||17,768,469||23.875|
|May 18, 2086||16,982,607||23.654|
|May 18, 2098||16,997,366||23.484|
|May 19, 2110||17,305,069||23.397|
|May 19, 2122||17,690,447||23.318|
|May 19, 2134||17,987,540||23.283|
|May 19, 2146||18,191,717||23.259|
|May 19, 2158||18,252,209||23.246|
|May 19, 2170||18,221,055||23.263|
|May 19, 2182||18,152,772||23.258|
|May 19, 2194||18,064,189||23.285|
Sekhmet's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 14, 1991. It was last officially observed on March 22, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 428 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Sekhmet is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Sekhmet to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.