Hawking is a mid-sized asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the main portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Hawking as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Hawking orbits the sun every 1,230 days (3.37 years), coming as close as 2.09 AU and reaching as far as 2.42 AU from the sun. Hawking is about 2.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.
Hawking's orbit is 1.10 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.
Hawking's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 27, 1978. It was last officially observed on Feb. 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,293 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Hawking 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 Hawking 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.