Asclepius is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Asclepius as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Asclepius orbits the sun every 378 days (1.03 years), coming as close as 0.66 AU and reaching as far as 1.39 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Asclepius is probably between 0.193 to 0.431 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
Asclepius's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
Asclepius has 23 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|March 22, 2019||20,659,284||6.952|
|March 25, 2020||10,542,995||12.771|
|Aug. 16, 2043||19,974,565||14.283|
|Aug. 24, 2044||13,336,677||8.490|
|March 30, 2050||28,395,820||6.492|
|March 24, 2051||1,837,720||11.049|
|Aug. 20, 2072||8,481,776||11.644|
|March 20, 2078||16,219,177||7.686|
|March 29, 2079||20,101,872||14.670|
|Aug. 14, 2098||25,711,642||15.526|
|Aug. 25, 2099||12,868,766||8.580|
|March 23, 2105||2,565,790||10.253|
|Aug. 18, 2127||16,566,616||13.580|
|Aug. 26, 2128||17,673,636||7.565|
|March 22, 2134||16,423,271||7.622|
|March 29, 2135||15,558,524||13.750|
|Aug. 16, 2157||21,064,487||14.534|
|Aug. 26, 2158||13,195,612||8.496|
|March 23, 2164||22,119,265||6.756|
|March 27, 2165||9,628,655||12.573|
|Aug. 22, 2187||8,180,874||11.572|
|March 23, 2194||11,157,169||8.571|
|March 30, 2195||19,163,854||14.441|
Asclepius's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 31, 1989. It was last officially observed on May 21, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 414 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Asclepius 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 Asclepius to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.