Key Facts

Overview

24835 (1995 SM55) is a very large asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 1995 SM55 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

1995 SM55 orbits the sun every 97,987 days (268.27 years), coming as close as 37.42 AU and reaching as far as 45.77 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 1995 SM55 is probably between 319.562 to 714.562 kilometers in diameter, making it one of the largest objects, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of South Dakota.

The rotation of 1995 SM55 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.08 days.

No Close Approaches

1995 SM55's orbit is 36.54 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

1995 SM55's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 16, 1982. It was last officially observed on Sept. 13, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 178 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: 41.5954906153 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.100282656928
  • Inclination: 27.0707842941°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 21.0671640238°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 71.8202794557°
  • Mean Anomaly: 332.244457666°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~412.553 km
  • Magnitude: 4.6

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 97,987 days (268.27 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.62 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 45.77 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 37.42 AU
  • Rotation Period: 8.08 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

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