Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Will pass within 25,829,356 km of Earth in 2020
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

86450 (2000 CK33) is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2000 CK33 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.

2000 CK33 orbits the sun every 348 days (0.95 years), coming as close as 0.57 AU and reaching as far as 1.37 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2000 CK33 is probably between 0.609 to 1.362 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than ~97% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of 2000 CK33 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.60 days.

2000 CK33's spectral type None (Tholen) / Xk (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain nickel, iron, and cobalt.

Close Approaches

2000 CK33's orbit is 0.13 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.

2000 CK33 has 12 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Jan. 8, 2020 25,829,356 17.888
Jan. 10, 2021 28,426,031 12.524
Jan. 8, 2040 27,505,925 18.336
Jan. 10, 2041 26,899,589 12.647
Jan. 8, 2060 29,169,887 18.782
Jan. 9, 2061 25,516,029 12.769
Jan. 8, 2081 24,285,339 12.935
Jan. 9, 2101 23,126,938 13.094
Jan. 9, 2121 22,659,919 13.156
Jan. 9, 2141 22,598,233 13.178
Jan. 9, 2161 22,397,282 13.193
Jan. 9, 2181 23,060,748 13.079

Images and Observations

2000 CK33's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 25, 2000. It was last officially observed on June 10, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 619 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: 0.9682 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4148
  • Inclination: 18.11°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 124.86°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 215.61°
  • Mean Anomaly: 220.32°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~0.786 km
  • Magnitude: 18.2
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xk

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 348 days (0.95 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 30.27 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.37 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.57 AU
  • Rotation Period: 6.60 hours
  • Approx. Composition: nickel, iron, and cobalt.

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