Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building
  • Will pass within 20,534,337 km of Earth in 2035
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

68347 (2001 KB67) is a very small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2001 KB67 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

2001 KB67 orbits the sun every 345 days (0.94 years), coming as close as 0.60 AU and reaching as far as 1.33 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2001 KB67 is probably between 0.291 to 0.652 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.

The rotation of 2001 KB67 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.35 days.

Close Approaches

2001 KB67's orbit is 0.01 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.

2001 KB67 has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 27, 2035 20,534,337 10.940
Oct. 25, 2038 29,746,128 14.190
May 30, 2051 3,321,914 14.175
May 27, 2068 10,427,071 12.263
June 2, 2084 17,798,089 16.753
May 29, 2101 6,184,195 12.928
June 2, 2117 12,923,553 15.904
May 29, 2134 8,319,834 12.600
June 6, 2150 26,563,754 18.345
May 29, 2151 23,883,960 10.584
Oct. 26, 2154 29,555,000 14.245
June 4, 2167 17,176,213 16.653
June 2, 2184 11,381,739 15.631

Images and Observations

2001 KB67's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 30, 2001. It was last officially observed on June 24, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 591 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: 0.9622 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3802
  • Inclination: 17.12°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 245.9°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 243.75°
  • Mean Anomaly: 121.14°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.376 km
  • Magnitude: 19.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 345 days (0.94 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 30.34 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.33 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.60 AU
  • Rotation Period: 6.35 hours

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Size Rendering

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