Key Facts

Overview

15789 (1993 SC) is a very large asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 1993 SC as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

1993 SC orbits the sun every 90,399 days (247.50 years), coming as close as 32.03 AU and reaching as far as 46.81 AU from the sun. 1993 SC is about 328.0 kilometers in diameter, making it one of the largest objects, comparable in size to Iceland.

No Close Approaches

1993 SC's orbit is 31.02 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

1993 SC's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 23, 1993. It was last officially observed on Sept. 18, 2009. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 86 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: 39.4193352505 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.187378611067
  • Inclination: 5.15431227796°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 354.604351802°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 316.050829559°
  • Mean Anomaly: 70.8272264832°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 328.00000 km
  • Magnitude: 7.0
  • Albedo: 0.022

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 90,399 days (247.50 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.74 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 46.81 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 32.03 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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