Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 6,081,596 km of Earth in 2023
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

6037 (1988 EG) is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1988 EG as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

1988 EG orbits the sun every 524 days (1.43 years), coming as close as 0.64 AU and reaching as far as 1.91 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1988 EG is probably between 0.421 to 0.942 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 1988 EG has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.76 hours.

Close Approaches

1988 EG's orbit is 0.02 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.

1988 EG has 15 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Aug. 23, 2023 6,081,596 14.252
Feb. 27, 2041 3,646,499 15.023
Aug. 24, 2056 9,573,507 13.306
Feb. 22, 2064 15,868,155 11.812
Aug. 22, 2079 5,116,353 14.822
Feb. 17, 2087 23,498,695 10.262
Aug. 27, 2102 10,483,974 13.109
Feb. 28, 2110 4,229,375 14.440
March 6, 2133 16,230,088 18.084
Aug. 18, 2138 15,082,866 17.680
March 7, 2156 20,997,587 19.041
Aug. 15, 2161 23,574,459 19.415
Aug. 27, 2171 9,265,240 13.362
Feb. 26, 2189 9,120,057 13.198
March 6, 2199 12,646,690 17.328

Images and Observations

1988 EG's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 12, 1988. It was last officially observed on June 9, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 540 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: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.271 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4995
  • Inclination: 3.5°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 182.36°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 242.18°
  • Mean Anomaly: 59.68°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.544 km
  • Magnitude: 19.0

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 524 days (1.43 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 26.39 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.91 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.64 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.76 hours

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1988 EG 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.