Bacchus is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Bacchus 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.
Bacchus orbits the sun every 409 days (1.12 years), coming as close as 0.70 AU and reaching as far as 1.45 AU from the sun. Bacchus is about 1.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The rotation of Bacchus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 14.90 hours.
Bacchus's orbit is 0.07 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.
Bacchus has 20 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|March 31, 2024||17,952,794||8.527|
|Sept. 14, 2031||18,889,920||12.763|
|April 1, 2043||10,571,304||10.343|
|Sept. 17, 2050||16,387,355||11.641|
|April 1, 2062||10,538,137||10.331|
|Sept. 16, 2069||17,159,710||12.116|
|March 31, 2081||10,650,199||10.249|
|Sept. 16, 2088||16,543,269||11.809|
|April 1, 2100||10,149,857||10.481|
|Sept. 18, 2107||16,826,147||11.992|
|April 2, 2119||14,821,466||9.070|
|Sept. 11, 2126||24,703,504||14.443|
|Oct. 19, 2136||29,137,975||8.946|
|April 6, 2138||26,366,243||7.560|
|April 7, 2148||24,889,103||15.291|
|Oct. 2, 2155||20,683,077||8.999|
|April 5, 2167||13,508,756||12.768|
|Sept. 26, 2174||16,984,104||9.864|
|April 4, 2186||13,028,957||12.653|
|Sept. 26, 2193||17,329,916||9.708|
Bacchus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 24, 1977. It was last officially observed on July 13, 2023. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 994 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Bacchus 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 Bacchus 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.