2063 Bacchus

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2063 Bacchus
Discovery A (http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/lists/NumberedMPs.html)
Discoverer Charles T. Kowal
Discovery date April 24, 1977
Alternate
designations
1977 HB B (http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/MPDes.html)
Category Apollo asteroid
Orbital elements C (http://asteroid.lowell.edu/)
Epoch July 14, 2004 (JD 2453200.5)
Eccentricity (e) 0.349
Semi-major axis (a) 161.269 Gm (1.078 AU)
Perihelion (q) 104.930 Gm (0.701 AU)
Aphelion (Q) 217.608 Gm (1.455 AU)
Orbital period (P) 408.825 d (1.12 a)
Mean orbital speed 28.69 km/s
Inclination (i) 9.435°
Longitude of the
ascending node
(Ω)
33.187°
Argument of
perihelion
(ω)
55.213°
Mean anomaly (M) 206.604°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 1.1×1.1×2.6 km
Mass 3.3×1012 kg
Density 2? g/cm³
Surface gravity 0.0004 m/s²
Escape velocity 0.0008 km/s
Rotation period 0.6208 d (14 h 54 min) 1 (http://www.astrosurf.com/aude-old/map_files/AstVarMAP01-2003.htm)
Spectral class Q-type asteroid
Absolute magnitude 17.1
Albedo 0.56
Mean surface
temperature
~224 K
3D model of Asteroid 2063 Bacchus (Scott Hudson)
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3D model of Asteroid 2063 Bacchus (Scott Hudson)

The Apollo, Venus- and Mars-crosser asteroid 2063 Bacchus was discovered on April 24, 1977 by Charles T. Kowal at the Palomar Observatory. In March 1996 radar imaging of the asteroid was conducted at the Goldstone Observatory under the direction of JPL scientists Steven Ostro and Lance Benner. Optical observations were conducted by Petr Pravec, Marek Wolf, and Lenka Šarounová during March and April 1996.

The asteroid is thought to be about 1.1×1.1×2.6 km in size.

Its name derives from the Roman god Bacchus.

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