Adonis is a small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Adonis as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Adonis orbits the sun every 938 days (2.57 years), coming as close as 0.44 AU and reaching as far as 3.31 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Adonis is about 0.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Adonis's orbit is 0.01 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.
Adonis has 10 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Feb. 7, 2036||5,339,576||23.772|
|July 16, 2043||22,323,934||20.407|
|July 1, 2061||18,585,218||28.391|
|Feb. 16, 2077||26,335,305||30.117|
|Feb. 1, 2095||22,972,456||20.170|
|July 10, 2102||2,921,109||24.576|
|Feb. 3, 2136||20,676,920||20.643|
|July 10, 2143||3,319,966||24.358|
|Feb. 9, 2177||3,362,967||24.104|
|July 14, 2184||13,494,058||22.197|
Adonis's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 12, 1936. It was last officially observed on June 9, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 143 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Adonis 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 Adonis 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.