|Discovered by||Charles T. Kowal|
|Discovery date||April 24, 1977|
|Minor planet category||Apollo asteroid|
|Epoch July 14, 2004 (JD 2453200.5)|
|Aphelion||217.608 Gm (1.455 AU)|
|Perihelion||104.930 Gm (0.701 AU)|
|161.269 Gm (1.078 AU)|
|408.825 d (1.12 a)|
Average orbital speed
|0.6208 d (14 h 54 min) 1|
2063 Bacchus (// BAK-əs) is an Apollo asteroid and Venus- and Mars-crosser asteroid. It was discovered on April 24, 1977, by Charles T. Kowal at the Palomar Observatory. In March 1996 radar observations were conducted at the Goldstone Observatory under the direction of JPL scientists Steven Ostro and Lance Benner, allowing the construction of a model of the object. Optical observations were conducted by Petr Pravec, Marek Wolf, and Lenka Šarounová during March and April 1996.
The asteroid is about 1.11×0.53×0.50 km in size and has a bilobate shape. It is classified as a Q-type asteroid.
- Benner, L. A. M., R. S. Hudson, S. J. Ostro, K. D. Rosema, J. D. Giorgini, D. K. Yeomans, R. F. Jurgens, D. L. Mitchell, R. Winkler, R. Rose, M. A. Slade, M. L. Thomas, and P. Pravec. Radar observations of asteroid 2063 Bacchus. Icarus 139, 309-327 (1999)