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(360191) 1998 TA Asteroid

1998 TA 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 2053 Oct 1 when it will get to within 0.0088 A.U. Its orbit takes 1.91 years to travel round the Sun.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 20.8 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 Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 1.541, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which 1998 TA orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 2.5 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.479, it is the degree at which 1998 TA orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

1998 TA Facts

Date of Closest Approach2053 Oct 1
Distance on Closest Approach0.0088 A.U.
Orbital Period1.91
Absolute Magnitude20.8
Semi-Major Axis1.541
Orbital Inclination (degrees)2.5
Orbital Eccentricity0.479

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