Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.55 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 19,727,494 km of Earth in 2019
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

5604 (1992 FE) is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1992 FE as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

1992 FE orbits the sun every 327 days (0.90 years), coming as close as 0.55 AU and reaching as far as 1.31 AU from the sun. 1992 FE is about 0.6 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than ~97% of asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1992 FE has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.34 days.

1992 FE's spectral type None (Tholen) / V (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

Close Approaches

1992 FE's orbit is 0.03 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.

1992 FE has 27 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
June 18, 2019 19,727,494 15.562
Feb. 28, 2034 19,806,506 15.940
June 22, 2036 10,136,443 10.923
Feb. 24, 2043 8,020,308 10.827
June 17, 2045 20,734,301 15.818
Feb. 28, 2060 17,194,530 15.367
June 22, 2062 8,418,181 11.723
Feb. 25, 2069 17,656,497 8.975
June 14, 2079 27,815,621 8.042
Feb. 26, 2086 10,750,678 13.951
June 21, 2088 8,764,933 12.675
Feb. 24, 2095 13,884,389 9.607
June 16, 2097 25,875,426 16.947
June 22, 2114 19,819,305 8.783
Feb. 27, 2121 8,871,783 13.511
June 23, 2123 8,865,544 12.771
Feb. 26, 2130 16,032,305 9.230
June 17, 2132 27,823,722 17.378
March 4, 2147 27,630,267 17.598
June 24, 2149 15,700,923 9.514
Feb. 26, 2156 5,342,186 12.288
June 21, 2158 12,793,036 14.045
March 2, 2165 23,173,469 8.328
June 17, 2175 26,460,727 8.115
Feb. 28, 2182 11,465,884 14.090
June 22, 2184 8,368,670 12.596
March 1, 2191 20,208,611 8.633

Images and Observations

1992 FE's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 23, 1976. It was last officially observed on March 24, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 940 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: 0.9286 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.406
  • Inclination: 4.72°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 311.91°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 82.65°
  • Mean Anomaly: 307.61°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.55000 km
  • Magnitude: 17.2
  • Albedo: 0.48
  • Spectral type (SMASS): V

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 327 days (0.90 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 30.89 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.31 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.55 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.34 hours
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

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