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(2060) Chiron Asteroid

Chiron 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. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 4000.

Chiron was discovered on 1977-10-18 by C. T. Kowal. Its orbit takes 50.7 years to travel round the Sun. Its takes 5.9 hours to do a full rotation period.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 5.8 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 albedo of the object is 1. The Albedo is the amount of radiation that is reflected back into space by the object.

The Aphelion of the object is 18.870 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 8.469 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around. The Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 209.2 degrees. The Argument of Perihelion is 339.8. It is the angle along the orbit of a planet or other Solar System object as measured from the ascending node (analogous to right ascension and longitude) Ref:Hawaii.

The mean anomoly is 165.1, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 13.669, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of Chiron is 180 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Chiron orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 6.9 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.380, it is the degree at which Chiron orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Path of Chiron Orbit

If the white lines are above, then the path of the object is under the ecliptic. If the white lines are below, the path is above the ecliptic. This refers to the Inclination of the object. The image was created using N.A.S.A. Solar System Dynamics.

Path of Chiron Orbit

Chiron Facts

Asteroid TypeCentaur
Date of Discovery1977-10-18
DiscovererC. T. Kowal
Orbital Period50.7
Rotation Period5.9 hours
Absolute Magnitude5.8
Aphelion (Furthest)18.870 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)8.469 A.U.
Longitude Of Ascending Node209.2
Argument of Perihelion339.8
Mean Anomoly165.1
Semi-Major Axis13.669
Approx. Diameter180
Orbital Inclination6.9
Orbital Eccentricity0.380

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