Icarus is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Icarus as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Icarus orbits the sun every 409 days (1.12 years), coming as close as 0.19 AU and reaching as far as 1.97 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Icarus 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.
The rotation of Icarus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.27 hours.
Icarus's orbit is 0.03 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Icarus has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|June 13, 2043||8,770,821||27.709|
|June 18, 2062||12,477,017||31.275|
|June 10, 2071||26,844,956||24.451|
|June 14, 2090||6,513,027||28.170|
|June 19, 2109||14,792,465||31.789|
|June 11, 2118||24,249,696||24.850|
|June 15, 2137||5,918,094||28.266|
|June 18, 2156||10,524,261||30.944|
|June 23, 2175||25,758,733||34.130|
|June 13, 2184||16,003,322||26.255|
Icarus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 1, 1949. It was last officially observed on Aug. 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,078 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Icarus 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 Icarus 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.