Key Facts

Overview

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

Taurinensis orbits the sun every 1,183 days (3.24 years), coming as close as 1.63 AU and reaching as far as 2.75 AU from the sun. Taurinensis is about 23.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Indianapolis.

The rotation of Taurinensis has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.59 days.

Taurinensis's spectral type S (Tholen) / S (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

No Close Approaches

Taurinensis's orbit is 0.65 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

Taurinensis's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 11, 1909. It was last officially observed on Aug. 17, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,598 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

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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: 2.18904028796 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.254447194873
  • Inclination: 8.74715663605°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 107.035563964°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 249.278830648°
  • Mean Anomaly: 213.586192945°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 23.09000 km
  • Magnitude: 10.68
  • Albedo: 0.1772
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S
  • Spectral type (SMASS): S

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,183 days (3.24 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.13 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.75 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.63 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.59 days
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

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Orbit Simulation

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