Key Facts

Overview

63252 (2001 BL41) is a relatively small asteroid with an orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2001 BL41 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2001 BL41 orbits the sun every 11,201 days (30.67 years), coming as close as 6.91 AU and reaching as far as 12.68 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2001 BL41 is probably between 13.322 to 29.788 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the city of Philadelphia.

No Close Approaches

2001 BL41's orbit is 5.94 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

2001 BL41's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 21, 1996. It was last officially observed on March 12, 2003. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 74 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: 9.79751157055 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.294269555372
  • Inclination: 12.5609108001°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 280.882805977°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 130.863899326°
  • Mean Anomaly: 254.192642409°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~17.198 km
  • Magnitude: 11.5

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 11,201 days (30.67 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 9.52 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 12.68 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 6.91 AU

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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