Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware (100.48 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Troilus is a average-sized asteroid that shares Jupiter's orbit around the sun. NASA JPL has not classified Troilus as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Troilus orbits the sun every 4,397 days (12.04 years), coming as close as 4.77 AU and reaching as far as 5.73 AU from the sun. Troilus is about 100.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Troilus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 56.17 days.

No Close Approaches

Troilus's orbit is 3.89 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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

Troilus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 31, 1931. It was last officially observed on May 11, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,123 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: 5.25232225184 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0913637633355
  • Inclination: 33.5409899587°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 48.5472409446°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 295.6131672°
  • Mean Anomaly: 222.455263974°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 100.47700 km
  • Magnitude: 8.99
  • Albedo: 0.041
  • Spectral type (Tholen): FCU

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,397 days (12.04 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.00 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.73 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.77 AU
  • Rotation Period: 56.17 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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