1862 Apollo

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1862 Apollo
A three-dimensional model of 1862 Apollo based on its light-curve
Discovered byK. Reinmuth
Discovery siteHeidelberg Obs.
Discovery date24 April 1932
(1862) Apollo
Named after
(Greek mythology)
1932 HA
Apollo asteroids
Symbol (astrological)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 29 December 2009 (JD 2455194.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc85.32 yr (31162 days)
Earliest precovery date13 December 1930
Aphelion2.2935 AU (343.10 Gm)
Perihelion0.64699 AU (96.788 Gm)
1.4702 AU (219.94 Gm)
1.78 yr (651.15 d)
0° 33m 10.332s / day
Earth MOID0.0257026 AU (3.84505 Gm)
Jupiter MOID3.06837 AU (459.022 Gm)
Physical characteristics
Dimensions1.5 km (0.93 mi)[3]
Mean radius
0.75 km
3.065 h (0.1277 d)
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin[4] 171 K 214 K 322 K
Celsius -102°C -59°C 49°C
Fahrenheit -151.6°F -74.2°F 120.2°F
Q (Tholen, SMASS)
B–V = 0.819
U–B = 0.481

1862 Apollo /əˈpɒl/ is a stony asteroid, approximately 1.5 kilometers in diameter, classified as a near-Earth object (NEO). It was discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth at Heidelberg Observatory on 24 April 1932, but lost and not recovered until 1973.

It is the namesake and the first recognized member of the Apollo asteroids, a subgroup of NEOs which are Earth-crossers, that is, they cross the orbit of the Earth when viewed perpendicularly to the ecliptic plane (crossing an orbit is a more general term than actually intersecting it). In addition, since Apollo's orbit is highly eccentric, it crosses the orbits of Venus and Mars and is therefore called a Venus-crosser and Mars-crosser as well.

Although Apollo was the first Apollo asteroid to be discovered, its official IAU-number (1862) is higher than that of some other Apollo asteroids such as 1566 Icarus, due to the fact that it was a lost asteroid for more than 40 years and other bodies were numbered in the meantime. The analysis of its rotation provided observational evidence of the YORP effect.[5]

It is named after the Greek god Apollo. He is the god of the Sun, child of Zeus and Leto, after which the minor planets 5731 Zeus and 68 Leto are named.[6]


On November 4, 2005, it was announced that an asteroid moon, or satellite of Apollo, had been detected by radar observations from Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico, October 29 – November 2, 2005. The announcement is contained in the International Astronomical Union Circular (IAUC) 8627.[7] The satellite is only 80 m (260 ft) across and orbits Apollo just 3 km (1.9 mi) away from the asteroid itself.[8] From the surface of Apollo, S/2005 (1862) 1 would have an angular diameter of about 2.0835 degrees.[a]

Potentially hazardous object[edit]

1862 Apollo is a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) because its minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) is less than 0.05 AU and its diameter is greater than 150 meters. Apollo's Earth MOID is 0.0257 AU (3,840,000 km; 2,390,000 mi).[1] Its orbit is well-determined for the next several hundred years. On 17 May 2075 it will pass 0.0083 AU (1,240,000 km; 770,000 mi) from Venus.[1]

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  1. ^ Calculated from the formula = (206265) d / D arcseconds. (see Angular diameter)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1862 Apollo (1932 HA)" (2015-03-16 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Apollo". Lexico UK English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b Gehrels, Tom (1994). Hazards Due to Comets and Asteroids. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. 540–543. ISBN 978-0816515059.
  4. ^ "Planetary Habitability Calculators". Planetary Habitability Laboratory. University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ Durech, J.; Vokrouhlický, D.; Kaasalainen, M.; Weissman, P.; Lowry, S. C.; Beshore, E.; Higgins, D.; Krugly, Y. N.; et al. (September 2008). "New photometric observations of asteroids (1862) Apollo and (25143) Itokawa – an analysis of YORP effect" (PDF). Astronomy and Astrophysics. 488 (1): 345–350. Bibcode:2008A&A...488..345D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:200809663.
  6. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). "(1862) Apollo". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1862) Apollo. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 149. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_1863. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.
  7. ^ "IAU Circular No. 8627". International Astronomical Union. Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ Johnston, Wm. Robert (16 November 2014). "(1862) Apollo". Johnston's Archive. Retrieved 8 December 2015.

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