Skip to main content
Physics LibreTexts

10.17: Brightest Asteroids Visible from Earth

  • Page ID
    64168
  • \( \newcommand{\vecs}[1]{\overset { \scriptstyle \rightharpoonup} {\mathbf{#1}} } \)

    \( \newcommand{\vecd}[1]{\overset{-\!-\!\rightharpoonup}{\vphantom{a}\smash {#1}}} \)

    \( \newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{id}}\) \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\)

    ( \newcommand{\kernel}{\mathrm{null}\,}\) \( \newcommand{\range}{\mathrm{range}\,}\)

    \( \newcommand{\RealPart}{\mathrm{Re}}\) \( \newcommand{\ImaginaryPart}{\mathrm{Im}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\Argument}{\mathrm{Arg}}\) \( \newcommand{\norm}[1]{\| #1 \|}\)

    \( \newcommand{\inner}[2]{\langle #1, #2 \rangle}\)

    \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{id}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\kernel}{\mathrm{null}\,}\)

    \( \newcommand{\range}{\mathrm{range}\,}\)

    \( \newcommand{\RealPart}{\mathrm{Re}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\ImaginaryPart}{\mathrm{Im}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\Argument}{\mathrm{Arg}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\norm}[1]{\| #1 \|}\)

    \( \newcommand{\inner}[2]{\langle #1, #2 \rangle}\)

    \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\) \( \newcommand{\AA}{\unicode[.8,0]{x212B}}\)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorA}[1]{\vec{#1}}      % arrow\)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorAt}[1]{\vec{\text{#1}}}      % arrow\)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorB}[1]{\overset { \scriptstyle \rightharpoonup} {\mathbf{#1}} } \)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorC}[1]{\textbf{#1}} \)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorD}[1]{\overrightarrow{#1}} \)

    \( \newcommand{\vectorDt}[1]{\overrightarrow{\text{#1}}} \)

    \( \newcommand{\vectE}[1]{\overset{-\!-\!\rightharpoonup}{\vphantom{a}\smash{\mathbf {#1}}}} \)

    \( \newcommand{\vecs}[1]{\overset { \scriptstyle \rightharpoonup} {\mathbf{#1}} } \)

    \( \newcommand{\vecd}[1]{\overset{-\!-\!\rightharpoonup}{\vphantom{a}\smash {#1}}} \)

    Image of asteroids are shown as lines, which is the path of the asteroids against the background stars.
    Public Domain | Image courtesy of NASA.

    (4) Vesta

    Image of Asteroid (4) Vesta, which is heavily cratered and shaped like a watermelon.
    Image of the asteroid (4) VestaPublic Domain | Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA.

    Maximum Visual Magnitude

    • 5.1

    Diameter in Miles

    • 326

    (2) Pallas

    Maximum Visual Magnitude

    • 6.4

    Diameter in Miles

    • 338

    (1) Ceres [Dwarf Planet]

    Maximum Visual Magnitude

    • 6.7

    Diameter in Miles

    • 590

    (7) Iris

    Maximum Visual Magnitude

    • 6.7

    Diameter in Miles

    • 149 x 124 x 124

    (433) Eros

    Image of Asteroid (433) Eros, which is irregular in shape and about 12 miles long.
    Image of the asteroid (433) ErosPublic Domain | Image courtesy of NASA.

    Maximum Visual Magnitude

    • 6.8

    Diameter in Miles

    • 21 x 7 x 7
    CC licensed content, Original

    10.17: Brightest Asteroids Visible from Earth is shared under a CC BY license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by LibreTexts.

    • Was this article helpful?