8566 (1996 EN) is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1996 EN as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
1996 EN orbits the sun every 675 days (1.85 years), coming as close as 0.86 AU and reaching as far as 2.15 AU from the sun. 1996 EN is about 1.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.
The rotation of 1996 EN has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.85 hours.
1996 EN'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.
1996 EN has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Sept. 8, 2033||4,534,730||23.362|
|Sept. 8, 2070||3,761,006||23.258|
|Sept. 16, 2107||21,864,917||25.210|
|Sept. 3, 2120||14,452,759||22.002|
|Sept. 11, 2157||8,720,339||23.812|
|Aug. 31, 2170||23,869,354||21.444|
1996 EN's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 6, 1983. It was last officially observed on Aug. 13, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,455 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 1996 EN 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.