Key Facts

Overview

Atlantis is a mid-sized asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Atlantis as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Atlantis orbits the sun every 1,230 days (3.37 years), coming as close as 1.50 AU and reaching as far as 3.01 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Atlantis is probably between 3.504 to 7.835 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

The rotation of Atlantis has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 16.00 days.

Atlantis's spectral type None (Tholen) / L (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain magnesium silicate, aluminum, and iron silicate.

No Close Approaches

Atlantis's orbit is 0.49 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an 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

Atlantis's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 7, 1931. It was last officially observed on Feb. 2, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,944 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.251 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3351
  • Inclination: 2.72°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 259.53°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 84.56°
  • Mean Anomaly: 99.97°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~4.524 km
  • Magnitude: 14.4
  • Spectral type (SMASS): L

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,230 days (3.37 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.91 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.01 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.50 AU
  • Rotation Period: 16.00 hours
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate, aluminum, and iron silicate.

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