Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to Mount Everest (2.30 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 19,771,661 km of Earth in 2026
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Anteros is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Anteros 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.

Anteros orbits the sun every 625 days (1.71 years), coming as close as 1.06 AU and reaching as far as 1.80 AU from the sun. Anteros is about 2.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of Anteros has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.87 days.

Anteros's spectral type S (Tholen) / L (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain magnesium silicate, aluminum, and iron silicate.

Close Approaches

Anteros's orbit is 0.06 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.

Anteros has 8 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
May 30, 2026 19,771,661 7.391
May 23, 2038 9,934,886 5.777
May 20, 2050 9,518,906 5.451
May 14, 2062 14,362,751 5.468
June 1, 2115 20,883,035 7.542
May 24, 2127 9,734,037 5.751
May 20, 2139 10,225,308 5.404
May 10, 2151 22,164,054 6.268

Images and Observations

Anteros's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 10, 1973. It was last officially observed on Sept. 18, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,449 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

Anteros can be reached with a journey of 370 days. This trajectory would require a delta-v of 11.705 km/s. To put this into perspective, the delta-v to launch a rocket to Low-Earth Orbit is 9.7 km/s. There are 13 potential trajectories and launch windows to this asteroid.

See more at the NHATS Mission Trajectories table for Anteros.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.4304572044 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.256000702248
  • Inclination: 8.70641085556°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 246.330838789°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 338.392152999°
  • Mean Anomaly: 317.78193628°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 2.30000 km
  • Magnitude: 15.75
  • Albedo: 0.17
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S
  • Spectral type (SMASS): L

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 625 days (1.71 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.90 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.80 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.06 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.87 days
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate, aluminum, and iron silicate.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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