Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Apollo-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.70 km diameter)
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

8014 (1990 MF) is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1990 MF as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.

1990 MF orbits the sun every 844 days (2.31 years), coming as close as 0.95 AU and reaching as far as 2.54 AU from the sun. 1990 MF is about 0.7 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 1990 MF has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 50.09 hours.

No Close Approaches

1990 MF'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.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

1990 MF's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 14, 1990. It was last officially observed on Jan. 16, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,244 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.747 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4562
  • Inclination: 1.87°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 209.86°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 114.71°
  • Mean Anomaly: 137.62°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.70000 km
  • Magnitude: 18.95

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 844 days (2.31 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 22.52 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.54 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.95 AU
  • Rotation Period: 50.09 hours

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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 1990 MF 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.