Eckert is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Eckert as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Eckert orbits the sun every 977 days (2.67 years), coming as close as 1.59 AU and reaching as far as 2.26 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Eckert is probably between 4.411 to 9.864 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.
The rotation of Eckert has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 375.00 hours.
Eckert's orbit is 0.69 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very 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.
Eckert's orbit is determined by observations dating back to July 15, 1950. It was last officially observed on Jan. 24, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,636 observations used to determine its orbit.
Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Eckert 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.