Saturday, 31 May 2014

Asteroid 2014 KC45 passes the Earth.

Asteroid 2014 KC45 passed by the Earth at a distance of 88 260 km (23% of the distance between the Earth and the Moon), at about 8.10 am GMT on Wednesday 28 May 2014. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, and had it done so it would have presented no risk. 2014 KC45 is calculated to have an equivalent diameter of 2-8 m (i.e. a spherical body with the same volume would have diameter of 2-8 m), and an object of this size would be expected to break up in the atmosphere over 35 km above the Earth's surface, making it unlikely that even fragmentary material would reach the ground.

The calculated orbit of 2014 KC45. JPL Small Body Database Browser.

2014 KC45 was discovered on 27 May 2014 (the day before its closest approach to the Earth) by the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey, which is located in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. The designation 2014 KC45 implies that it was the 1128th asteroid (asteroid C45) discovered in the second half of May 2014 (period 2014 K).

2014 KC45 has an 759 day orbital period and an eccentric orbit that takes it from 0.94 AU from the Sun (i.e. 94% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun) to 2.32 AU from the Sun (i.e. 232% of the average distance at which the Earth orbits the Sun, considerably more than distance at which the planet Mars orbits the Sun). It is therefore classed as an Apollo Group Asteroid (an asteroid that is on average further from the Sun than the Earth, but which does get closer).

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