|Discovered by||E. J. Christensen (Catalina Sky Survey)|
|Discovery date||May 6, 2006|
|MPC designation||2006 JY26|
|Apollo NEO, PHA|
|Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 3|
|Aphelion||1.094127 AU (163.6791 Gm)|
|Perihelion||0.926254 AU (138.5656 Gm)|
|1.010191 AU (151.1224 Gm)|
|1.02 yr (370.85 d)|
|0° 58m 14.632s /day|
|Jupiter MOID||3.98181 AU (595.670 Gm)|
2006 JY26 was discovered by E. J. Christensen on May 6, 2006, observing for the Catalina Sky Survey. Its orbit is characterized by low eccentricity (0.083), low inclination (1.44º) and a semi-major axis of 1.01 AU. Upon discovery, it was classified as an Apollo asteroid but also an Earth crosser by the Minor Planet Center. The orbit is based on 76 observations spanning a data-arc of 4 days. 2006 JY26 has an absolute magnitude (H) of 28.4 which gives a characteristic diameter of about 9 meters.
It is listed on the Sentry Risk Table with a 1 in 140 chance of impacting Earth on May 3, 2074. The nominal best-fit orbit shows that 2006 JY26 will be 0.006 AU (900,000 km; 560,000 mi) from Earth on May 3, 2074. An impact from this object would be less severe than the Chelyabinsk meteor.
Recent calculations indicate that it follows a horseshoe orbit with respect to the Earth. It had a close encounter with the Earth on May 10, 2006, at 0.0029 AU (430,000 km; 270,000 mi). Its orbital evolution is very chaotic and its orbit is difficult to predict beyond a few hundred years. Its orbit matches the expected properties of that of an object in the Arjuna-class.
It may have been originated within the Venus–Earth–Mars region or in the main asteroid belt like other near-Earth objects, then transition to Amor-class asteroid before entering Earth's co-orbital region.