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1998 SC15 Asteroid

SC15 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 2095 Apr 9 when it will get to within 0.0088 A.U. Its orbit takes 1.44 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 19.4 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 1.274, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of SC15 is 570 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which SC15 orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 16.1 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.415, it is the degree at which SC15 orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

SC15 Facts

Date of Closest Approach2095 Apr 9
Distance on Closest Approach0.0088 A.U.
Orbital Period1.44
Absolute Magnitude19.4
Semi-Major Axis1.274
Approx. Diameter570
Orbital Inclination16.1
Orbital Eccentricity0.415

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