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Asteroid 2019 FQ flew past Earth at 0.86 lunar distances


A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 FQ flew past Earth at 0.86 LD / 0.00220 (329 115 km / 204 502 miles) on March 23, 2019. This is the 13th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 5th this month.

The object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on March 25, two days after it made a close approach to our planet.

Its estimated diameter is between 10 and 23 m (32.8 – 75.4 feet) and it flew past us at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 8.47 km/s at 18:17 UTC.

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

 

NEO DATE / TIME UTC DISTANCE LD | AU  Diameter
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 4.8 – 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 m – 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 m – 16 m
2019 BZ3 January 27 @ 23:29 ± < 00:01 0.13 | 0.00032  5.0 – 11 m
2019 BV1 January 24 @ 20:53 ± < 00:01 0.35 | 0.00090  4.9 – 11 m
2019 BO January 16 @ 01:13 ± 00:02 0.18 | 0.00046  6.6 – 15 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  0.95 – 2.1 m

 

References

Asteroid 2019 FQ 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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