Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Amor-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge (0.90 km diameter)
  • Will pass within 20,780,799 km of Earth in 2101
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation


Verenia is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Verenia 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.

Verenia orbits the sun every 1,110 days (3.04 years), coming as close as 1.07 AU and reaching as far as 3.11 AU from the sun. Verenia is about 0.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rotation of Verenia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 4.93 hours.

Verenia's spectral type V (Tholen) / None (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain and .

Close Approaches

Verenia's orbit is 0.07 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.

Verenia has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:

Date Distance from Earth (km) Velocity (km/s)
Sept. 8, 2101 20,780,799 9.742
Sept. 21, 2104 10,327,468 7.781
Oct. 9, 2107 18,751,030 8.217

Images and Observations

Verenia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 7, 1983. It was last officially observed on April 17, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 500 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of Verenia:



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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.093 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4871
  • Inclination: 9.51°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 173.78°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 193.26°
  • Mean Anomaly: 171.08°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.90000 km
  • Magnitude: 16.65
  • Albedo: 0.37
  • Spectral type (Tholen): V

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,110 days (3.04 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.51 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.11 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.07 AU
  • Rotation Period: 4.93 hours
  • Approx. Composition: and .

Map Comparison

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of Verenia 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.

Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Verenia 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.