Asteroid 2006 QV89 ESA Risk List #6 - Track live*!

Asteroid 2006 QV89 is a small Apollo Near-Earth Asteroid that will pass close to earth on September 26, 2019. It's trajectory is according to data from NASA and ESA the sixth likely asteroid to cause a collision with Earth. It's size is also relatively small, about 28 metres. However it has not been observed since it's discovery in 2006, and astronomers will be very keen to get another glimpse of this space rock as it passes close by earth. You can find the best estimate of the trajectory in the visualization below.

Where is Asteroid 2006 QV89 now?

Currently 2006QV89 is 247,045,941 (165,045,941) from earth, racing through the solar system at 79,847 (49,904). It is 19,324,670 (12,007,793) from the spot where it will rendezvous with earth. It is getting 27.5 (17.2) closer to earth every second.

Since midnight last night it got 531,068 km (331,917 mi) closer Since you started looking at this page it got 0 km (0 mi) closer

Asteroid 2006QV89

Will it hit or miss Earth?

This asteroid is categorised as a hazardous near earth object, however it's current classification on the risk list is that the change of impact of 2006QV89 is about 1 in 7200, or 0.01% . Bear in mind that, altough the distances at which the asteroid is passing seem large, only a small variation of the orbit in fractions of a degree, means that 2006QV89 could suddenly come a lot closer to the earth. The next predicted approach trajectory has it passing at a about 5-7 million km.

An asteroids trajectory can be significantly changed by what's called 'gravitational keyholes'. As the Near-Earth Object flies through the solar system, it encounters other space bodies regularly, such as planets. A small gravitational pull will change the flight path of the space rock slightly, which could lead to a potential collision - known as impact event - when the asteroid passes Earth again in the future.

This website makes use of data provided by NASA JPL HORIZONS database for solar system objects and International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.

Photo Credit and other: NASA/JPL, ESO/S. Brunier


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Data provided by NASA/JPL CNEOS


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