Quetzalcoatl is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Quetzalcoatl 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.
Quetzalcoatl orbits the sun every 1,480 days (4.05 years), coming as close as 1.09 AU and reaching as far as 4.00 AU from the sun. Quetzalcoatl is about 0.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of Quetzalcoatl has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.90 hours.
Quetzalcoatl's orbit is 0.11 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Quetzalcoatl has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Feb. 24, 2062||20,038,040||13.015|
|Feb. 25, 2114||11,653,569||14.085|
|March 14, 2153||15,147,654||16.126|
Quetzalcoatl's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 9, 1953. It was last officially observed on Oct. 9, 2004. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 51 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Quetzalcoatl 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 below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Quetzalcoatl to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.