Rita is a large asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Rita as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Rita orbits the sun every 2,910 days (7.97 years), coming as close as 3.37 AU and reaching as far as 4.61 AU from the sun. Rita is about 97.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.
The rotation of Rita has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 14.85 hours.
Rita's orbit is 2.35 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.
Rita's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 4, 1907. It was last officially observed on Oct. 25, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,927 observations used to determine its orbit.
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