A Solar System Photo Gallery
Asteroids, Earth-approaching


(433) Eros is shown here in a photomosaic from NEAR Shoemaker while in orbit around Eros, taken 30 November 2000. Eros is one of the largest Earth-approaching asteroids with a length of 33 km. NEAR Shoemaker later landed on Eros in shadows just left of the center of this image. (Credit: NEAR, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA)
(1620) Geographos is shown here in a radar image from California's Deep Space Network at a range of 7,200,000 km, taken 30 August 1994. Geographos is an Earth-approaching asteroid 5 km by 2 km. (Credit: Steven J. Ostro, JPL, NASA)
(4179) Toutatis is shown in this image taken 13 December 2012 from the Chang'e 2 probe at a range of 3 km. Toutatis is an Earth-approaching asteroid. Its dumbbell appearance may indicate that it is a loose "rubble pile" spun up a point of nearly fissioning into two bodies. (Credit: Xinhua)
(9969) Braille is shown as imaged by Deep Space 1 in July 1999. Sunlight is coming from the bottom of the image. (Credit: USGS, NASA)
(25143) Itokawa is seen here in an image taken in October 2005 by Japan's Hayabusa probe at several km range. Itokawa is about 630 meters across. This image clearly shows Itokawa to be a rubble-pile, a gravitationally-bound conglomeration of boulders and dust. (Credit: JAXA)
(29075) 1950 DA is shown in this radar image taken 4 March 2001 from the Arecibo Observatory at a range of 8,000,000 km. 1999 JM8 is an Earth-approaching asteroid about 1 km in diameter. (Credit: Arecibo, JPL, NASA)
(53319) 1999 JM8 is shown in this radar image taken 2 August 1999 from the Arecibo Observatory at a range of 8,500,000 km. 1999 JM8 is an Earth-approaching asteroid about 3.5 km in diameter. (Credit: Arecibo, JPL, NASA)
(162173) Ryugu is seen here in an image taken 26 June 2018 by Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe at 20 km range. Ryugu is about 1 km across. Ryugu is a rubble-pile, a gravitationally-bound conglomeration of boulders and dust. (Credit: JAXA, Univ. of Tokyo, Kochi Univ., Rikkyo Univ., Nagoya Univ., Chiba Inst. Tech., Meiii Univ., Univ. of Aizu, AIST)
(308635) 2005 YU55 is shown in this radar image taken 9 November 2011 from the Goldstone radar from 300,000 km away. 2005 YU55 is an Earth approaching asteroid about 400 m across. (Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech)
(363116) 2001 GQ2 is shown in this radar image taken 29 April 2001 from the Arecibo Observatory. 2001 GQ2 is only about 0.4 km across. (Credit: Arecibo, JPL, NASA)
(494658) 2000 UG11 is shown in this radar image taken 7 November 2000. 2000 UG11 is an Earth approaching asteroid and is binary: the two components are visible here, 0.23 km and 0.1 km across. (Credit: Steven Ostro, JPL, NASA)
A2014 HQ124 is shown in this radar image taken 8 June 2014 from the Goldstone and Arecibo radars from 1,400,000 km away. 2014 HQ124 is an Earth approaching asteroid about 400 m across. (Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Arecibo Obs., USRA, NSF)
2015 TB145 is shown in this radar image taken 31 October 2015 from the Goldstone radar and Green Bank Telescope from 480,000 km away. 2015 TB145 is an Earth approaching asteroid about 600 m across. (Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, GSSR, NRAO, AUI, NSF)
2017 BQ6 is shown in this radar image taken 7 February 2017 from the Goldstone radar from 2,500,000 km away. is an Earth approaching asteroid about 200 m across. (Credit: JPL, NASA)


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