Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (47.99 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Bitias orbits the sun every 4,420 days (12.10 years), coming as close as 4.68 AU and reaching as far as 5.86 AU from the sun. Bitias is about 48.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Bitias has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 15.21 days.

No Close Approaches

Bitias's orbit is 3.68 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

Bitias's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 14, 1988. It was last officially observed on June 17, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,388 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: 5.271 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1117
  • Inclination: 25.0°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 295.91°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 23.65°
  • Mean Anomaly: 263.37°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 47.98700 km
  • Magnitude: 10.3
  • Albedo: 0.122

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,420 days (12.10 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 12.97 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.86 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.68 AU
  • Rotation Period: 15.21 hours

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