Key Facts

  • Classified as a Aten-class Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the island of Manhattan (3.34 km diameter)
  • Classified as a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Amun is a small asteroid whose orbit could bring it in close proximity to Earth. NASA JPL has classified Amun as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.

Amun orbits the sun every 351 days (0.96 years), coming as close as 0.70 AU and reaching as far as 1.25 AU from the sun. Amun is about 3.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

The rotation of Amun has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.53 days.

No Close Approaches

Amun's orbit is 0.25 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an 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

Amun's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 4, 1986. It was last officially observed on Dec. 20, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,657 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: 0.973697857348 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.280410788962
  • Inclination: 23.3600936498°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 358.617769861°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 359.413255097°
  • Mean Anomaly: 335.839045988°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 3.34100 km
  • Magnitude: 15.82
  • Albedo: 0.074

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 351 days (0.96 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 30.18 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.25 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.70 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.53 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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