Key Facts

  • Classified as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (68.16 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Thersites orbits the sun every 4,474 days (12.25 years), coming as close as 4.73 AU and reaching as far as 5.90 AU from the sun. Thersites is about 68.2 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Thersites has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 10.48 days.

No Close Approaches

Thersites's orbit is 3.73 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

Thersites's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 28, 1954. It was last officially observed on May 12, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,743 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: 5.31400674353 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.110405824253
  • Inclination: 16.7510614543°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 197.800738322°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 170.127449641°
  • Mean Anomaly: 309.40516703°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 68.16300 km
  • Magnitude: 9.5
  • Albedo: 0.055

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,474 days (12.25 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 12.92 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.90 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.73 AU
  • Rotation Period: 10.48 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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