Cerberus is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Cerberus 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.
Cerberus orbits the sun every 410 days (1.12 years), coming as close as 0.58 AU and reaching as far as 1.58 AU from the sun. Cerberus is about 1.2 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.
The rotation of Cerberus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.80 hours.
Cerberus's orbit is 0.16 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.
Cerberus has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 25, 2044||25,570,611||13.971|
|Nov. 24, 2053||24,606,364||16.876|
|Nov. 26, 2099||25,683,423||13.995|
|Nov. 25, 2108||24,854,669||16.924|
|Nov. 27, 2154||25,276,999||14.241|
|Nov. 26, 2163||25,801,485||17.330|
Cerberus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 10, 1971. It was last officially observed on Oct. 23, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,142 observations used to determine its orbit.
Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape:
View asteroid Cerberus in 3D.
The position of Cerberus 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 Cerberus 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.