|Discovered by||Carl A. Wirtanen|
|Discovery date||17 July 1948|
|Minor planet category||Apollo, Mars crosser|
|Epoch 1 December 2005 (JD 2453705.5)|
Average orbital speed
1685 Toro is an Apollo asteroid that orbits the Sun in an 5:8 resonance with Earth, and a near 5:13 resonance with Venus. Because of this unusual orbit, it is sometimes referenced as "Earth's second satellite".
Toro was discovered by Carl A. Wirtanen at the Lick Observatory in 1948. It was the third Apollo asteroid to be discovered. The name honours Betulia Toro, wife of the astronomer Samuel Herrick. Herrick had studied the asteroid's orbit, and requested the name, along with that of 1580 Betulia.
Based on orbital paths, 1685 Toro is the best candidate for the source of the Sylacauga meteorite, the first meteorite authenticated to have struck a human, Mrs. Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama on 30 November 1954.
Toro's Earth minimum orbit intersection distance of 0.0509 AU (7,610,000 km; 4,730,000 mi), is just above the 0.05-AU requirement to be listed as a potentially hazardous asteroid. With an orbital uncertainty of 0, its orbit and future close approaches are well determined.
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- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1685 Toro (1948 OA)". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2013-09-01 last obs. Retrieved 2014-02-02. Check date values in:
- telnet://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov:6775 telnet for JPL Horizons, easier and more comprehensive than web version