Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.88 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 9,331,859 km of Earth in 2027
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

68267 (2001 EA16) is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2001 EA16 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.

2001 EA16 orbits the sun every 677 days (1.85 years), coming as close as 0.86 AU and reaching as far as 2.16 AU from the sun. 2001 EA16 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 2001 EA16 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.50 hours.

Close Approaches

2001 EA16's orbit is 0.06 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.

2001 EA16 has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Oct. 2, 2027 9,331,859 23.463
Sept. 25, 2040 19,681,143 22.660
Oct. 13, 2103 26,245,953 25.816
Oct. 7, 2116 13,061,436 24.415
Oct. 3, 2129 8,842,252 23.479
Sept. 27, 2142 19,337,571 22.672

Images and Observations

2001 EA16's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 4, 2001. It was last officially observed on May 4, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 419 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: 2459600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.51 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4275
  • Inclination: 38.83°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 8.01°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 317.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 351.9°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.87500 km
  • Magnitude: 16.85
  • Albedo: 0.401

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 677 days (1.85 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.26 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.16 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.86 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.50 hours

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Sky Map

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Size Rendering

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