Ampella is a large asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the main portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Ampella as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Ampella orbits the sun every 1,410 days (3.86 years), coming as close as 1.90 AU and reaching as far as 3.02 AU from the sun. Ampella is about 54.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.
The rotation of Ampella has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 10.38 hours.
Ampella's orbit is 0.92 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.
Ampella's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 16, 1898. It was last officially observed on Aug. 2, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,174 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Ampella 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.