88213 (2001 AF2) is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2001 AF2 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.
2001 AF2 orbits the sun every 340 days (0.93 years), coming as close as 0.39 AU and reaching as far as 1.52 AU from the sun. 2001 AF2 is about 0.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2001 AF2's orbit is 0.17 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.
2001 AF2 has 9 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Dec. 14, 2026||28,316,286||17.727|
|Dec. 16, 2053||26,577,469||21.034|
|Dec. 15, 2067||28,203,494||17.721|
|Dec. 16, 2094||26,133,205||20.795|
|Dec. 15, 2108||29,198,870||17.348|
|Dec. 17, 2135||25,655,682||20.450|
|Dec. 16, 2149||29,680,175||17.173|
|Dec. 17, 2176||25,481,362||20.401|
|Dec. 16, 2190||29,741,311||17.128|
2001 AF2's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 2, 2001. It was last officially observed on Feb. 21, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 346 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 2001 AF2 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.