Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 467460 (2006 JF42) flies by on May 9th! This Near-Earth Asteroid will be visible from the southern hemisphere up to the northern mid-latitudes between May 2nd and May 20th. Be wary of the full-moon disrupting observations between the 11th and 15th! Observing this asteroid can help us predict where it’ll be in the future.
- The size of 467460 (2006JF42) is unknown but predicted to be around 500m. For reference, a 100m asteroid is big enough to survive a trip through Earth’s atmosphere and create a 1.5km crater on impact.
- At its closest approach, 467460 (2006JF42) will pass within 15 lunar distances of Earth. Thankfully, that’s still pretty far away!
- 467460 (2006JF42) is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. While it isn’t going to impact us in the near future, it’s close enough to Earth that over a hundred or more years the orbit could evolve in such a way that it poses a threat.