Key Facts

Overview

Eureka is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Eureka as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Eureka orbits the sun every 687 days (1.88 years), coming as close as 1.43 AU and reaching as far as 1.62 AU from the sun. Eureka is about 1.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of Eureka has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.69 hours.

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

No Close Approaches

Eureka's orbit is 0.50 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.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

Eureka's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 21, 1979. It was last officially observed on Feb. 12, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,518 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

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

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.524 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0647
  • Inclination: 20.28°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 245.03°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 95.54°
  • Mean Anomaly: 218.26°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 1.87800 km
  • Magnitude: 16.13
  • Albedo: 0.182
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Sr

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 687 days (1.88 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 24.13 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.62 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.43 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.69 hours
  • Approx. Composition: and .

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of Eureka 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 Eureka 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.