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(4581) Asclepius Asteroid

Asclepius is an asteroid, a large rock that orbits the Sun mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They tend to be an irregular shaped but Ceres asteroid is known to be spherical in shape but because it doesn't clear its path round the Sun, it is only a dwarf planet.

Asclepius was discovered on Mar 31 1989 by Henry E. Holt and Norman G. Thomas. A close approach will occur on 2051 Mar 24 when it will get to within 0.0122 A.U. Its orbit takes 1.03 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 20.5 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Aphelion of the object is 1.387 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 0.6573 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around.

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 1.022, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of Asclepius is 340 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Asclepius orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 4.9 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.357, it is the degree at which Asclepius orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Asclepius Facts

Date of DiscoveryMar 31 1989
DiscovererHenry E. Holt and Norman G. Thomas
Date of Closest Approach2051 Mar 24
Distance on Closest Approach0.0122 A.U.
Orbital Period1.03
Absolute Magnitude20.5
Aphelion (Furthest)1.387 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)0.6573 A.U.
Semi-Major Axis1.022
Approx. Diameter340
Orbital Inclination4.9
Orbital Eccentricity0.357

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