Key Facts

Overview

Ocllo is a large asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Ocllo as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Ocllo orbits the sun every 1,530 days (4.19 years), coming as close as 1.61 AU and reaching as far as 3.58 AU from the sun. Ocllo is about 17.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Philadelphia.

The rotation of Ocllo has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 7.32 days.

No Close Approaches

Ocllo's orbit is 0.68 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very 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

Ocllo's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 20, 1914. It was last officially observed on Feb. 3, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,261 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.595 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3789
  • Inclination: 18.94°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 34.42°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 305.89°
  • Mean Anomaly: 143.7°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 17.83000 km
  • Magnitude: 11.5
  • Albedo: 0.057
  • Spectral type (Tholen): X

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,530 days (4.19 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.45 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.58 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.61 AU
  • Rotation Period: 7.32 days

Size Comparison

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Sky Map

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