Where is 2009 JF1? Track live*!

The European Space Agency (ESA) has asteroid 2009JF1 in it's risk list for a 'close approach' in 2022. 2009 JF1 is an Apollo asteroid which means it's orbit around the sun is larger than the Earth's. There are however two points in every orbit where Earth and asteroid 2009JF1 cross each other's path. This is when the risk of a collision is ever present given enough time.

Asteroid 2009JF1 has a diameter of about 13m (43ft) and it's speed is a sizzling 55,296 (34,750). The date for its next encounter with Earth is May 6, 2022.

Where is Asteroid 2009 JF1 now?

Space in 3D Web App

The simulation contains both the NASA and the ESA predicted orbits - note they have a slight variation amongst them. Because these asteroids are mostly observed at a great distance from Earth, getting precise measurements of their position and orbits are very difficult. The orbits in the Space in 3d WebApp are the best available 'fits' for the orbits as provided by the Space Agencies.

Asteroid 2009JF1 is currently 451,000,000 (281,000,000) from us, getting 0 (0) closer to us every second. It flies past Earth at an incredible speed, at 23,111 km/h (14,361 mph).

Since last night 2009JF1 is 531,068 km (331,917 mi) closer to us. Since you started looking at this page it is 0 km (0 mi) closer.

Will it hit or miss Earth?

It's next close approach will be in 2022. The risk of a collision with Earth is estimated at about 1 in 3,800. Asteroid 2009 JF1 was discovered in 2009 when it zipped by in between the Moon and the Earth.

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, ESO/S. Brunier, NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI, NASA/JPL-Caltech, UH/IA
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