Betulia is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Betulia 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.
Betulia orbits the sun every 1,190 days (3.26 years), coming as close as 1.13 AU and reaching as far as 3.27 AU from the sun. Betulia is about 5.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.
The rotation of Betulia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.13 hours.
Betulia's orbit is 0.14 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.
Betulia has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 21, 2142||26,122,742||27.902|
|May 25, 2155||22,556,857||28.181|
|May 26, 2168||25,821,594||28.336|
Betulia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 22, 1950. It was last officially observed on Dec. 22, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,509 observations used to determine its orbit.
Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape:
View asteroid Betulia in 3D.
The position of Betulia 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 Betulia 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.