Key Facts

Overview

Hylonome is a relatively small asteroid with an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified Hylonome as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Hylonome orbits the sun every 46,193 days (126.47 years), coming as close as 18.97 AU and reaching as far as 31.42 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Hylonome is probably between 50.65 to 113.25 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

No Close Approaches

Hylonome's orbit is 17.98 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a 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.

Images and Observations

Hylonome's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 9, 1995. It was last officially observed on June 14, 2010. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 78 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 25.1952179115 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.246900967661
  • Inclination: 4.14349577465°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 178.129538732°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 7.49905754361°
  • Mean Anomaly: 67.6025263713°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~65.39 km
  • Magnitude: 8.6

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 46,193 days (126.47 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 5.93 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 31.42 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 18.97 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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