Apollo is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Apollo as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Apollo orbits the sun every 652 days (1.79 years), coming as close as 0.65 AU and reaching as far as 2.29 AU from the sun. Apollo is about 1.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.
The rotation of Apollo has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.07 hours.
Apollo'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.
Apollo has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 13, 2046||5,279,647||17.982|
|May 13, 2048||7,444,170||16.150|
|Nov. 17, 2071||15,949,681||20.338|
|May 20, 2073||19,736,685||13.579|
|Nov. 5, 2080||14,649,700||14.572|
|May 12, 2082||4,982,786||17.507|
|May 6, 2091||20,276,916||21.151|
|Nov. 19, 2141||17,111,624||20.586|
|May 28, 2143||27,633,680||12.105|
|Nov. 10, 2150||8,643,211||15.851|
|May 14, 2152||6,036,928||16.682|
|May 6, 2161||22,455,113||21.553|
|Nov. 22, 2193||26,181,746||22.449|
Apollo's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 13, 1930. It was last officially observed on May 27, 2023. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,923 observations used to determine its orbit.
Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape:
View asteroid Apollo in 3D.
The position of Apollo 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 Apollo 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.