Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (50.76 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Stentor orbits the sun every 4,320 days (11.83 years), coming as close as 4.66 AU and reaching as far as 5.72 AU from the sun. Stentor is about 50.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Stentor has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 16.40 hours.

No Close Approaches

Stentor's orbit is 3.91 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

Stentor's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 24, 1976. It was last officially observed on Aug. 3, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,049 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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These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of Stentor:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 5.19 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1021
  • Inclination: 39.29°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 131.32°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 274.07°
  • Mean Anomaly: 337.31°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 50.75500 km
  • Magnitude: 9.99
  • Albedo: 0.082

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,320 days (11.83 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.07 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.72 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.66 AU
  • Rotation Period: 16.40 hours

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