Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest (1.80 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 4,024,776 km of Earth in 2022
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

7335 (1989 JA) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1989 JA as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

1989 JA orbits the sun every 860 days (2.35 years), coming as close as 0.91 AU and reaching as far as 2.63 AU from the sun. 1989 JA is about 1.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of 1989 JA has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 12.00 days.

Close Approaches

1989 JA's orbit is 0.02 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.

1989 JA has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 27, 2022 4,024,776 13.116
June 23, 2055 27,708,084 10.625
May 20, 2081 12,703,031 15.355
May 21, 2114 11,366,148 15.176
June 4, 2154 13,454,962 11.751
May 21, 2187 12,131,948 15.383

Images and Observations

1989 JA's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 6, 1989. It was last officially observed on Jan. 28, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 398 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: 1.77 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4843
  • Inclination: 15.2°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 61.32°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 232.26°
  • Mean Anomaly: 40.2°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 1.80000 km
  • Magnitude: 17.0
  • Albedo: 0.322

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 860 days (2.35 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 22.39 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.63 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.91 AU
  • Rotation Period: 12.00 hours

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