Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Jupiter Trojan
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Connecticut (130.10 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Achilles orbits the sun every 4,343 days (11.89 years), coming as close as 4.45 AU and reaching as far as 5.97 AU from the sun. Achilles is about 130.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Connecticut.

The rotation of Achilles has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 7.31 days.

No Close Approaches

Achilles's orbit is 3.47 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

Achilles's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 22, 1906. It was last officially observed on Aug. 22, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,705 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: 5.20947996408 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.146565554543
  • Inclination: 10.3191204044°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 316.535481554°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 133.358921559°
  • Mean Anomaly: 238.460897841°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 130.09900 km
  • Magnitude: 8.67
  • Albedo: 0.043
  • Spectral type (Tholen): DU

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 4,343 days (11.89 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 13.05 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.97 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.45 AU
  • Rotation Period: 7.31 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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