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(1566) Icarus Asteroid

Icarus 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 0.001. A close approach will occur on 2090 Jun 14 when it will get to within 0.0357 A.U. Its orbit takes 1.12 years to travel round the Sun. Its takes 2.273 hours to do a full rotation period.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 16.4 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 Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 1.078, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of Icarus is 1400 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Icarus orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 22.9 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.8268, it is the degree at which Icarus orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Icarus Facts

Date of Closest Approach2090 Jun 14
Distance on Closest Approach0.0357 A.U.
Orbital Period1.12
Rotation Period2.273 hours
Absolute Magnitude16.4
Semi-Major Axis1.078
Approx. Diameter1400
Orbital Inclination22.9
Orbital Eccentricity0.8268

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