Pele is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Pele 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.
Pele orbits the sun every 1,270 days (3.48 years), coming as close as 1.12 AU and reaching as far as 3.47 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Pele is probably between 0.988 to 2.208 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.
Pele's orbit is 0.15 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.
Pele has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Oct. 8, 2083||21,719,631||6.651|
|Oct. 7, 2194||22,969,497||7.343|
Pele's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 7, 1972. It was last officially observed on March 30, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 324 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Pele 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 Pele 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.