Merapi is a large asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Merapi as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Merapi orbits the sun every 2,390 days (6.54 years), coming as close as 3.19 AU and reaching as far as 3.80 AU from the sun. Merapi is about 147.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Connecticut.
The rotation of Merapi has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.79 hours.
Merapi's orbit is 2.25 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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.
Merapi's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 13, 1904. It was last officially observed on Aug. 2, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,414 observations used to determine its orbit.
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