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1996 JA1 Asteroid

JA1 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. A close approach will occur on 1996 May 19 when it will get to within 0.003 A.U. Its orbit takes 4.11 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 21 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 2.565, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of JA1 is 270 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which JA1 orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 22 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.701, it is the degree at which JA1 orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

JA1 Facts

Date of Closest Approach1996 May 19
Distance on Closest Approach0.003 A.U.
Orbital Period4.11
Absolute Magnitude21
Semi-Major Axis2.565
Approx. Diameter270
Orbital Inclination22
Orbital Eccentricity0.701

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