Key Facts

  • Classified as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware (118.22 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Deiphobus orbits the sun every 4,240 days (11.61 years), coming as close as 4.90 AU and reaching as far as 5.35 AU from the sun. Deiphobus is about 118.2 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Deiphobus has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 58.66 days.

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

No Close Approaches

Deiphobus's orbit is 3.88 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

Deiphobus's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 3, 1971. It was last officially observed on May 8, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,929 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: 5.12704818708 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0443328777479
  • Inclination: 26.9149618279°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 283.709851853°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 359.096744094°
  • Mean Anomaly: 281.072792209°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 118.22000 km
  • Magnitude: 8.3
  • Albedo: 0.060
  • Spectral type (Tholen): D

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,240 days (11.61 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.15 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.35 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.90 AU
  • Rotation Period: 58.66 days
  • Approx. Composition: water.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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