Asteroid 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD on August 16 -- the closest NEO flyby on record

Asteroid 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD on August 16 -- the closest NEO flyby on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD / 0.0000623 AU (9 319 km / 5 791 miles) on August 16, 2020.

This is now the closest near-Earth object to flyby Earth so far this year and the closest on record. 

Valid 15:38 UTC on August 18, 2020

Asteroid 2020 QG has an estimated diameter between 2.9 and 6.4 m (9.5 - 20.9 feet) and it belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids.

It was first observed at Palomar Mountain--ZTF, California, U.S. on August 16, about 6 hours after its closest approach.

The object flew past us at 04:09 UTC at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 12.33 km/s.

Asteroid 2020 QG

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: MPC

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

Since the start of the year, our observatories have discovered a total of 53 <1LD asteroids.

 

Asteroids detected within 1 lunar distance in 2020 (valid 15:12 UTC, August 18):

NEODATE / TIME UTCDISTANCE LD | AU Diameter (m)
2020 PY2August 20 @ 21:31 ± 07:480.90 | 0.0023215 - 33
2020 QGAugust 16 @ 04:09 ± < 00:010.02 | 0.00006232.9 - 6.4
2020 PW2August 14 @ 04:25 ± < 00:010.73 | 0.001874.9 - 11
2020 PX5August 14 @ 08:45 ± < 00:010.59 | 0.001533.2 - 7.2
2020 PAAugust 1 @ 01:56 ± < 00:010.15 | 0.000394.6 - 10
2020 OY4July 28 @ 05:32 ± 00:130.11 | 0.000282.3 - 5.2
2020 NBJuly 5 @ 21:21 ± < 00:010.46 | 0.0011915 - 33
2020 ML2June 13 @ 04:45 ± < 00:010.93 | 0.002386.7 - 15
2020 LDJune 5 @ 08:25 ± 00:05 0.80 | 0.0020589 - 200
2020 KC5May 29 @ 20:46 ± < 00:010.97 | 0.002489.1 - 20
2020 KJ4May 28 @ 13:21 ± < 00:010.37 | ​0.000962.8 - 6.2
2020 KF5May 28 @ 12:47 ± < 00:080.64 | 0.001653.5 - 7.8
2020 JNMay 5 @ 03:22 ± < 00:010.65 | ​0.001679 - 20
2020 JJMay 4 @ 12:05 ± < 00:010.03 | 0.00008962.7 - 6
2020 JAMay 3 @ 20:01 ± < 00:010.62 | 0.001609.6 - 22
2020 JGApril 30 @ 19:38 ± 00:020.56 | 0.0014318 - 41
2020 HS7April 28 @ 18:51 ± < 00:010.11 | 0.000294 - 8.9
2020 HP6April 27 @ 14:40 ± < 00:010.33 | 0.000846.7 - 15
2020 HT8April 26 @ 13:33 ± 00:010.38 | 0.000995.8 - 13
2020 HX3April 24 @ 19:38 ± < 00:010.66 | 0.0016911 - 24
2020 HU7April 22 @ 20:19 ± < 00:010.34 | 0.000873.1 - 7
2020 HF5April 22 @ 16:41 ± < 00:010.38 | 0.00098 12 - 27
2020 HM6April 22 @ 05:51 ± 00:050.42 | 0.0010913 - 28
2020 GH2April 15 @ 12:45 ± 00:500.93 | 0.0024013 - 30
2020 HOApril 15 @ 10:06 ± 00:01 0.75 | 0.001934.6 - 10
2020 GY1April 5 @ 07:37 ± < 00:010.21 | 0.0005413 - 28
2020 GHApril 3 @ 22:04 ± < 00:010.33 | 0.000844.1 - 9.2
2020 GO1April 1 @ 19:09 ± < 00:010.18 | 0.000467.9 - 18
2020 FB7March 31 @ 16:17 ± < 00:010.20 | 0.0005216 -36
2020 FJ4March 25 @ 13:42 ± < 00:010.67 | 0.001723.4 - 7.6
2020 FL2March 22 @ 20:32 ± < 00:010.38 | 0.0009915 - 33
2020 FG4March 19 @ 00:51 ± 00:010.49 | 0.0012610 - 23
2020 FDMarch 18 @ 04:05 ± < 00:010.67 | 0.001717.8 - 17
2020 FD2March 18 @ 20:17 ± 00:310.85 | 0.0021920 - 44
2020 DR4February 24 @ 20:30 ± 00:030.24 | 0.000623 - 6.8
2020 DWFebruary 18 @ 17:02 ± < 00:010.63 | 0.001612.3 - 5.1
2020 DA1February 18 @ 10:32 ± < 00:010.50 | 0.001293.1 - 6.8
2020 CQ2February 14 @ 02:19 ± < 00:010.39 | 0.000995 - 11
2020 CD3February 13 @ 16:20 ± < 00:010.12 | 0.000311.2 - 2.7
2020 DUFebruary 13 @ 13:22 ± 00:060.85 | 0.002174.9 - 11
2020 CQ1February 4 @ 11:16 ± 00:020.17 | 0.000434.6 - 10
2020 BT14February 3 @ 08:19 ± < 00:010.49 | 0.001267.9 - 18
2020 CAFebruary 2 @ 15:49 ± 00:020.57 | 0.001473.2 - 7.2
2020 CWFebruary 1 @ 12:50 ± < 00:01 0.04 | 0.000110.83 - 1.9
2020 CJJanuary 31 @ 19:03 ± < 00:01 0.92 | 0.0023611 - 24
2020 CZJanuary 31 @ 03:51 ± 00:480.82 | 0.002103.7 - 8.2
2020 BZ13January 29 @ 01:18 ± < 00:010.28 | 0.000712.9 - 6.5
2020 BA15January 28 @ 18:03 ± 00:020.98 | ​0.002518.9 - 20
2020 BA13January 27 @ 16:56 ± < 00:01 0.51 | ​0.001324.7 - 11
2020 BH6January 25 @ 05:11 ± < 00:010.18 | ​0.000475.2 - 12
2020 BB5January 22 @ 00:20 ± 00:200.69 | 0.001773.3 - 7.4
2020 BK3January 20 @ 20:51 ± 00:050.78 | 0.0020011 - 25
2020 AP1January 2 @ 15:33  ± 00:020.85 | 0.002183.2 - 7.2


Asteroids detected within 1 lunar distance in 2019:

NEODATE / TIME UTCDISTANCE LD | AU Diameter (m)
2019 YV4December 25 @ 21:41 ± 11:010.98 | 0.002519.3 - 21
2019 YU2December 23 @ 19:28 ± < 00:010.26 | 0.000668.9 - 20
2019 YSDecember 18 @ 15:12 ± < 00:010.17 | 0.000441.3 - 3
2019 YBDecember 18 @ 00:12 ± 00:03 0.44 | 0.001133.1 - 7
2019 WJ4November 30 @ 20:05 ± < 00:010.85 | 0.002195.5 - 12
2019 WG2November 23 @ 08:44 ± < 00:010.47 | 0.0012126 - 59
2019 WV1November 19 @ 23:45 ± 03:130.72 | ​0.001866.3 - 14
2019 WHNovember 19 @ 08:01 ± < 00:010.22 | ​0.0005716 - 36
2019 VF5November 9 @ 23:16 ± < 00:010.49 | 0.001278.3 - 19
2019 VB5November 9 @ 17:29 ± < 00:010.38 | 0.000971.2 - 2.7
2019 VS4November 6 @ 16:28 ± < 00:010.36 | 0.000939.3 - 21
2019 VRNovember 4 @ 10:35 ± < 00:010.35 | 0.000916.5 - 14
2019 VDNovember 4 @ 09:55 ± 00:010.45 | 0.001168.7 - 19
2019 VANovember 2 @ 17:41 ± 00:12 0.28 | 0.000725.6 - 12
2019 UG11November 1 @ 20:42 ± 00:020.55 | 0.0014013 - 29
2019 UN13October 31 @ 14:45 ± < 00:010.03 | 8.43e-51 - 2.2
2019 UB8October 29 @ 06:30 ± 00:030.50 | 0.001274 - 8.9
2019 UD10October 27 @ 10:08 ± 00:020.44 | 0.001126.3 - 14
2019 UX12October 26 @ 03:08 ± 00:040.99 | 0.002554.9 - 11
2019 UO8October 25 @ 13:30 ± 00:010.41 | 0.001053.1 - 6.9
2019 UN8October 23 @ 16:41 ± 00:170.93 | 0.00235 3.1 - 6.9
2019 UL3October 19 @ 22:23 ± 00:080.77 | 0.001996 - 13
2019 UGOctober 18 @ 09:23 ± < 00:010.84 | 0.002156.8 - 15
2019 UU1October 18 @ 06:23 ± < 00:010.59 | 0.001502.1 - 5.1
2019 TN5October 5 @ 22:38 ± < 00:010.32 | 0.000835.5 - 12
2019 SP3October 3 @ 06:36 ± 00:340.97 | 0.0024813 - 30
2019 SM8October 1 @ 13:56 ± < 00:01 0.41 | ​0.001063.8 - 8.6
2019 TDSeptember 29 @ 18:50 ± 00:130.34 | ​0.000874.1 - 9.1
2019 TESeptember 28 @ 20:31 ± 01:310.93 | 0.002386.8 - 15
2019 SX8September 28 @ 07:49 ± 00:380.99 | 0.002554.6 - 10
2019 SS3September 22 @ 22:48 ± 00:210.73 | 0.0018815 - 34
2019 SS2September 21 @ 07:12 ± 00:020.30 | ​0.000772 - 4.4
2019 SD1September 21 @ 06:46 ± < 00:01 0.73 | 0.001875.5 - 12
2019 SU2September 21 @ 02:48 ± 00:050.19 | 0.000482.7 - 6.1
2019 SJSeptember 16 @ 18:55 ± 00:030.64 | 0.001638.6 - 19
2019 RC1September 7 @ 10:48 ± 00:040.48 | ​0.001234.5 - 10
2019 RP1September 5 @ 22:04 ± < 00:01 0.10 | ​0.000257.4 - 17
2019 RQSeptember 2 @ 16:45 ± < 00:01 0.29 | ​0.000742.1 - 4.6
2019 QQ3August 26 @ 15:14 ± 00:010.25 | 0.000643.7 - 8.2
2019 QR8August 26 @ 08:51 ± 01:080.80 | 0.002076.6 - 15
2019 QDAugust 22 @ 01:28 ± < 00:08 0.78 | 0.002004.7 - 11
2019 QH2August 20 @ 18:12 ± 00:080.13 | 0.000332.2 - 5
2019 QB1August 20 @ 11:55 ± 00:080.32 | 0.000829.3 - 21
2019 ON3July 29 @ 01:19 ±  00:140.56 | 0.001437.4 - 16
2019 OD3July 28 @ 02:56 ± < 00:010.49 | 0.0012611 - 25
2019 OKJuly 25 @ 01:22 ± < 00:040.19 | ​0.0004857 - 130
2019 ODJuly 24 @ 13:31 ± 00:040.93 | ​0.0023954 - 120
2019 NN3July 10 @ 16:29 ± < 00:010.83 | 0.0021435 - 77
2019 NF7July 9 @ 12:07 ± < 00:01 0.98 | 0.002536.4 - 14
2019 MB4July 9 @ 07:20 ± < 00:010.82 | 0.0021117 - 38
2019 NK1July 2 @ 09:48 ± 00:050.69 | 0.001772.9 - 6.5
2019 LW4June 8 @ 17:04 ± < 00:010.65 | ​​0.001669.3 - 21
2019 LY4June 6 @ 01:30 ± < 00:010.22 | ​​0.000567.3 - 16
2019 KTMay 28 @ 03:48 ± < 00:010.85 | ​0.0021713 - 29
2019 JH2May 16 @ 00:06 ± < 00:010.19 | ​0.000483.1 - 7
2019 JY2May 5 @ 17:12 ± < 00:010.38 | 0.000983.3 - 7.3
2019 JX1May 2 @ 12:39 ± 00:020.47 | 0.001203.8 - 8.6
2019 JKApril 30 @ 08:12 UTC ± 00:010.69 | 0.001787.1 - 16
2019 HEApril 20 @ 21:12 ± < 00:010.58 | 0.0014913 - 30
2019 GC6April 18 @ 06:39 ± 00:290.57 | 0.0014713 - 28
2019 GN20April 12 @ 07:06 ± < 00:010.98 | 0.0025314 - 31
2019 FP21March 31 @ 19:00  ±  07:460.93 | 0.002383 - 6.6
2019 FV1March 31 @ 05:27 ± < 00:010.87 | 0.002234.6 - 10
2019 FC1March 28 @ 05:46 ± < 00:010.27 | 0.0006920 - 45
2019 FQMarch 23 @ 18:17 UTC ± < 00:010.86 | 0.0022010 - 23
2019 EA2March 22 @ 01:53 UTC ± 00:020.80 | 0.0020518 - 40
2019 FAMarch 16 @ 01:14 UTC ± < 00:010.60 | 0.001544.9 - 11
2019 EN2March 13 @ 23:38 UTC ± < 00:010.86 | 0.002218 - 18
2019 EH1March 1 @ 17:38 UTC ± < 00:010.06 | 0.000162.5 - 5.7
2019 DFFebruary 26 @ 21:21 UTC  ± 00:090.47 | 0.001203.0 - 6.7
2019 DG2Febraury 26 @ 07:39 UTC ± 07:390.61 | 0.001585.4 - 12
2019 CN5February 11 @ 07:23 UTC ± 00:030.31 | 0.000797.3 - 16
2019 BZ3January 27 @ 23:29 ± < 00:010.13 | 0.00032 4.8 - 11
2019 BV1January 24 @ 20:53 ± < 00:010.35 | 0.00090 4.8 - 11
2019 BOJanuary 16 @ 01:13 ± 00:020.18 | 0.00046 6.3 - 14
2019 AE9January 12 @ 11:09 ± < 00:010.26 | 0.00067 9.9 - 22
2019 AS5January 8 @ 00:37 ± < 00:010.04 | 0.00010 0.92 - 2.1

 

Reference

Asteroid 2020 QG at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS

Featured image credit: MPC

Comments

Jamal Shrair 2 months ago

THE COMPANION OF THE SUN (THE BROWN DWARF) IS MUCH HARDER TO DETECT THAN AN ASTEROID...............................Detecting brown dwarfs is much harder than detecting asteroids. Therefore, the companion of our star will become observable only when it gets closer to sun.

Ian Goss 2 months ago

Ah, there was an exploding fireball over China recently. Seems linked to this sneaky fly past

Jamal Shrair 2 months ago

Can you see climate deniers? Global warming is also causing the massive increase of the Near-Earth Objects. Mr. Al Gore deserves another Nobel Prize, hahahahahahaha, Lets us have some fun, we are living in the era of hocus pocus science and social chaos, anyway

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