298 Baptistina facts for kids
|Discovered by||Auguste Charlois|
|Discovery date||September 9, 1890|
|Reference date 30 January, 2005 (JD 2453400.5)|
|Longest distance from the Sun||371.081 Gm (2.481 AU)|
|Shortest distance from the Sun||306.285 Gm (2.047 AU)|
|Longest distance from the center of its orbital path
|338.683 Gm (2.264 AU)|
|How long it takes to complete an orbit||1244.205 d (3.41 a)|
|Angle above the reference plane
|Size and other qualities|
|Measurements||13 - 30 km|
|How much light it reflects||unknown|
Although it has an orbit similar to the Flora family asteroids, it was found to be an unrelated asteroid.
A 2007 US-Czech study decided that 298 Baptistina may be the biggest remnant of a 170 km (110 mile) asteroid that was destroyed about 160 million years ago in an impact with a smaller body, making the Baptistina family of asteroids and that the Baptistina event may have created the eventual impact asteroid believed by many to have caused the K/T extinction event about 65 million years ago. This is the K/T impactor believed to be shown in the geological record. This theory has not, as yet, found general acceptance among the scientific community.
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