Asteroid 2019 GC6 to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on April 18

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A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 GC6 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.57 LD / 0.00147 AU (219 908 km / 136 645 miles) on April 18, 2019. 

The object was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona on April 9. It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 13 and 28 m (42 – 92 feet).

2019 GC6 will flyby Earth at 06:39 UTC ± 00:29 at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 5.64 km/s.

Ephemeris | Orbit Diagram | Orbital Elements | Mission Design | Physical Parameters | Close-Approach Data ]

 

This is the 16th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year.

NEO DATE / TIME UTC DISTANCE LD | AU  Diameter
2019 GC6 April 18 @ 06:39 ± 00:29 0.57 | 0.00147 13 – 28 m
2019 FV1 March 31 @ 05:27 ± < 00:01 0.87 | 0.00223 4.6 – 10 m
2019 FC1 March 28 @ 05:46 ± < 00:01 0.27 | 0.00069  20 – 45 m
2019 FQ March 23 @ 18:17 UTC ± < 00:01 0.86 | 0.00220  10 – 23 m
2019 EA2 March 22 @ 01:53 UTC ± 00:02 0.80 | 0.00205 18 – 40 m
2019 FA March 16 @ 01:14 UTC ± < 00:01 0.60 | 0.00154 4.9 – 11 m
2019 EN2 March 13 @ 23:38 UTC ± < 00:01 0.86 | 0.00221 8 – 18 m
2019 EH1 March 1 @ 17:38 UTC ± < 00:01 0.06 | 0.00016 2.5 – 5.7 m
2019 DF February 26 @ 21:21 UTC  ± 00:09 0.47 | 0.00120 3.0 – 6.7 m
2019 DG2 Febraury 26 @ 07:39 UTC ± 07:39 0.61 | 0.00158 5.4 – 12 m
2019 CN5 February 11 @ 07:23 UTC ± 00:03 0.31 | 0.00079 7.3 – 16 m
2019 BZ3 January 27 @ 23:29 ± < 00:01 0.13 | 0.00032  4.8 – 11 m
2019 BV1 January 24 @ 20:53 ± < 00:01 0.35 | 0.00090  4.8 – 11 m
2019 BO January 16 @ 01:13 ± 00:02 0.18 | 0.00046  6.3 – 14 m
2019 AE9 January 12 @ 11:09 ± < 00:01 0.26 | 0.00067  9.9 – 22 m
2019 AS5 January 8 @ 00:37 ± < 00:01 0.04 | 0.00010  0.92 – 2.1 m

 

References

Asteroid 2019 GC6 at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS

Featured image: The green line indicates the object's apparent motion relative to the Earth, and the bright green marks are the object's location at approximately half hour intervals. The Moon's orbit is grey. The blue arrow points in the direction of Earth's motion and the yellow arrow points toward the Sun. Credit: Minor Planet Center

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