Near-Earth asteroids

Near-Earth asteroids

. The paths of three representative near-Earth asteroids, 1221 Amor, 1862 Apollo and 2062 Aten, all come closer to the Sun than most asteroids, located in the main belt beyond the orbit of Mars. Amor crosses the orbit of Mars, and almost reaches the Earth’s orbit. Apollo crosses the orbits of Mars, Earth and Venus (not shown). Aten is always fairly close to the Earth’s orbit.

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University