Izhdubar is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Izhdubar as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.
Izhdubar orbits the sun every 369 days (1.01 years), coming as close as 0.74 AU and reaching as far as 1.28 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Izhdubar is probably between 1.160 to 2.594 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.
Izhdubar's orbit is 0.15 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Izhdubar has 11 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 18, 2090||26,886,795||31.021|
|Nov. 19, 2091||23,271,377||30.559|
|Nov. 19, 2092||21,683,666||30.187|
|Nov. 21, 2093||22,511,096||29.884|
|Nov. 22, 2094||25,517,549||29.628|
|Nov. 19, 2190||29,325,922||31.288|
|Nov. 20, 2191||24,898,554||30.810|
|Nov. 20, 2192||22,130,334||30.392|
|Nov. 22, 2193||21,564,057||30.067|
|Nov. 23, 2194||23,353,805||29.781|
|Nov. 24, 2195||26,954,067||29.576|
Izhdubar's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 13, 1991. It was last officially observed on July 19, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 568 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Izhdubar is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Izhdubar to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.