Philoctetes is a relatively small asteroid that shares Jupiter's orbit around the sun. NASA JPL has not classified Philoctetes as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Philoctetes orbits the sun every 4,338 days (11.88 years), coming as close as 4.84 AU and reaching as far as 5.57 AU from the sun. Philoctetes is about 22.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Indianapolis.
Philoctetes's orbit is 3.84 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.
Philoctetes's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 24, 1960. It was last officially observed on Aug. 22, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,273 observations used to determine its orbit.
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