(8405) Asbolus

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( 8405 ) Asbolus is an asteroid from the group of centaurs.

He was discovered on April 5, 1995 by James V. Scotti and Robert Jedicke from the Spacewatch project at the Kitt Peak Observatory.

The provisional designation was 1995 GO. Because of its dark surface he was after Asbolos, named a centaur from Greek mythology.

Asbolus moves on a very eccentric orbit between 6,835 AU ( perihelion ) and 29.028 AU ( aphelion ) in 75,93 years of the sun. He thus moves between the planets Jupiter and Neptune. The orbit is inclined 17.6 ° to the ecliptic.

Asbolus ' diameter is estimated to be 66 km (± 4 km).

In 2000, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope spectra of Asbolus, which revealed an unusually bright structure on its surface, which is held for a relatively young crater. The company responsible for the ice structure seems to be of a previously unknown type. The impact can not be older than 10 million years. Otherwise the surface with an albedo of 0.09 is very dark.

As with the other centaurs, it seems to be at the core of not more active comet at Asbolus.