Key Facts

  • Classified as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware (108.84 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Antilochus orbits the sun every 4,247 days (11.63 years), coming as close as 4.86 AU and reaching as far as 5.40 AU from the sun. Antilochus is about 108.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Antilochus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 15.89 days.

Antilochus's spectral type D (Tholen) / (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain water.

No Close Approaches

Antilochus's orbit is 3.87 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

Antilochus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 10, 1926. It was last officially observed on May 10, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,046 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: 5.13243588096 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0521115768784
  • Inclination: 28.5118600073°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 221.37641762°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 186.805966322°
  • Mean Anomaly: 291.368193646°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 108.84200 km
  • Magnitude: 8.60
  • Albedo: 0.054
  • Spectral type (Tholen): D

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,247 days (11.63 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.15 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.40 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.86 AU
  • Rotation Period: 15.89 days
  • Approx. Composition: water.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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