Aten is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified Aten 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.
Aten orbits the sun every 347 days (0.95 years), coming as close as 0.79 AU and reaching as far as 1.14 AU from the sun. Aten is about 1.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of Aten has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 42.15 hours.
Aten'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.
Aten has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Dec. 31, 2032||28,508,318||10.255|
|Jan. 20, 2034||19,925,515||11.397|
|Jan. 14, 2053||17,651,334||10.466|
|Jan. 2, 2072||27,558,101||10.239|
|Jan. 21, 2073||20,766,846||11.510|
|Jan. 13, 2092||18,798,406||10.365|
|Jan. 2, 2111||28,311,210||10.247|
|Jan. 22, 2112||20,138,416||11.409|
|Jan. 17, 2131||17,143,546||10.593|
|Jan. 13, 2150||18,690,772||10.353|
|Jan. 11, 2169||20,182,932||10.284|
|Jan. 10, 2188||21,613,801||10.252|
|Jan. 24, 2189||28,698,849||12.782|
Aten's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 17, 1955. It was last officially observed on Feb. 6, 2015. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 818 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Aten 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 Aten 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.