Toutatis is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Toutatis as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Toutatis orbits the sun every 1,480 days (4.05 years), coming as close as 0.96 AU and reaching as far as 4.13 AU from the sun. Toutatis is about 5.4 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.
The rotation of Toutatis has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 176.00 hours.
Toutatis's orbit is 0.01 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
Toutatis has 1 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 5, 2069||2,969,361||8.406|
Toutatis's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 10, 1934. It was last officially observed on Dec. 26, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 6,268 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Toutatis 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 Toutatis 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.