Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the city of Indianapolis (27.83 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Astyanax orbits the sun every 4,384 days (12.00 years), coming as close as 5.06 AU and reaching as far as 5.42 AU from the sun. Astyanax is about 27.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Indianapolis.

The rotation of Astyanax has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.52 days.

No Close Approaches

Astyanax's orbit is 4.05 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

Astyanax's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 24, 1971. It was last officially observed on May 4, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,205 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: 5.24239288775 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0342403602123
  • Inclination: 8.60339116729°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 145.762797368°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 162.7989909°
  • Mean Anomaly: 219.347868478°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 27.82800 km
  • Magnitude: 11.2
  • Albedo: 0.076

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,384 days (12.00 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.01 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.42 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 5.06 AU
  • Rotation Period: 6.52 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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