Vishnu is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Vishnu as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Vishnu orbits the sun every 398 days (1.09 years), coming as close as 0.59 AU and reaching as far as 1.53 AU from the sun. Vishnu is about 0.4 kilometers in diameter, making it small in absolute terms, but larger than 90% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.
Vishnu's orbit is 0.02 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.
Vishnu has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 1, 2025||23,451,048||11.980|
|March 28, 2037||26,868,443||11.154|
|Sept. 7, 2070||28,324,941||9.747|
|Sept. 8, 2082||24,583,835||10.200|
|Sept. 8, 2094||25,692,350||10.069|
|Sept. 9, 2106||25,598,493||10.064|
|Sept. 9, 2118||27,740,242||9.828|
|Sept. 9, 2130||27,776,482||9.808|
|Sept. 9, 2142||27,450,493||9.854|
|March 26, 2169||29,700,203||10.724|
|April 1, 2181||25,237,122||11.569|
|Aug. 31, 2189||29,087,164||19.712|
|April 6, 2193||21,060,691||13.099|
Vishnu's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 2, 1986. It was last officially observed on June 27, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 488 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Vishnu 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 Vishnu to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.