Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.59 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 20,776,675 km of Earth in 2021
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

85953 (1999 FK21) is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 1999 FK21 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.

1999 FK21 orbits the sun every 232 days (0.64 years), coming as close as 0.22 AU and reaching as far as 1.26 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. 1999 FK21 is about 0.6 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 1999 FK21 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 28.08 hours.

1999 FK21's spectral type None (Tholen) / S (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain and .

Close Approaches

1999 FK21's orbit is 0.07 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.

1999 FK21 has 44 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Feb. 16, 2021 20,776,675 21.609
April 8, 2025 12,078,438 18.988
Feb. 16, 2028 18,552,596 19.435
April 7, 2032 11,295,178 20.839
Feb. 17, 2035 21,523,202 17.805
April 7, 2039 18,722,010 23.252
Feb. 20, 2042 27,402,215 16.716
April 4, 2046 29,562,868 25.991
April 1, 2051 28,830,104 16.415
April 6, 2058 21,459,557 17.104
Feb. 16, 2061 22,590,899 22.387
April 8, 2065 14,080,963 18.438
Feb. 16, 2068 18,537,480 20.143
April 8, 2072 10,753,141 20.117
Feb. 17, 2075 19,876,950 18.352
April 8, 2079 15,503,856 22.331
Feb. 19, 2082 25,077,865 17.016
April 6, 2086 25,171,924 24.893
April 4, 2098 24,568,971 16.768
Feb. 18, 2101 25,647,844 23.451
April 8, 2105 17,075,932 17.820
Feb. 18, 2108 19,537,809 21.091
April 9, 2112 11,593,053 19.305
Feb. 17, 2115 18,573,472 19.062
April 10, 2119 12,658,080 21.355
Feb. 19, 2122 22,529,548 17.493
April 8, 2126 20,612,815 23.704
Feb. 22, 2129 28,074,403 16.634
April 4, 2138 27,649,071 16.505
Feb. 20, 2141 29,447,973 24.627
April 7, 2145 20,376,808 17.268
Feb. 19, 2148 21,609,138 22.106
April 9, 2152 13,630,406 18.604
Feb. 18, 2155 18,164,986 19.836
April 10, 2159 11,251,360 20.510
Feb. 18, 2162 20,488,793 18.042
April 9, 2166 17,061,010 22.722
Feb. 21, 2169 25,737,300 16.901
April 6, 2173 27,144,975 25.345
April 6, 2185 22,944,699 16.942
Feb. 19, 2188 23,755,284 22.906
April 9, 2192 15,589,344 18.148
Feb. 18, 2195 18,422,526 20.453
April 10, 2199 11,153,489 19.959

Images and Observations

1999 FK21's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 26, 1971. It was last officially observed on May 14, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,267 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: 0.7388 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.7031
  • Inclination: 12.61°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 180.47°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 172.39°
  • Mean Anomaly: 289.43°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.59000 km
  • Magnitude: 18.11
  • Albedo: 0.32
  • Spectral type (SMASS): S

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 232 days (0.64 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 34.64 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.26 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.22 AU
  • Rotation Period: 28.08 hours
  • Approx. Composition: and .

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Size Rendering

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