Amor is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Amor 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.
Amor orbits the sun every 971 days (2.66 years), coming as close as 1.08 AU and reaching as far as 2.75 AU from the sun. Amor is about 1.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Amor's orbit is 0.11 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.
Amor has 11 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 7, 2089||29,544,125||7.900|
|March 31, 2097||21,022,955||7.565|
|March 28, 2105||17,050,911||7.850|
|March 28, 2113||17,255,586||7.827|
|March 27, 2121||16,598,140||7.975|
|March 25, 2129||16,201,524||8.259|
|March 26, 2137||16,587,946||8.115|
|March 25, 2145||16,333,710||8.232|
|March 23, 2153||17,152,039||8.780|
|March 21, 2161||19,667,811||9.301|
|March 18, 2169||25,399,319||10.483|
Amor's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 12, 1932. It was last officially observed on Sept. 14, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 552 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Amor 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 Amor 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.