Near Earth Objects Animation

This animation by Scott Manley shows the motions of all the asteroids in the Inner Solar System as known in 2007.

Green dots represent objects which do not approach the Earth at present e.g. Main Belt asteroids
Yellow dots represent objects which approach the Earth but do not cross its orbit e.g. Amor asteroids
Red dots represent objects which cross the Earth's orbit e.g. Aten and Apollo asteroids

Very large (450 MB) versions of this animation are available in avi and Quicktime formats.

See also:
The discovery rate of asteroids

Today's map of the Inner Solar System

Objects currently within 45 million kilometres of the Earth

More asteroid and comet animations

Last Revised: 2010 March 4th