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298 Baptistina
Discovered by Auguste Charlois
Discovery date September 9, 1890
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January, 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 371.081 Gm (2.481 AU)
Perihelion 306.285 Gm (2.047 AU)
338.683 Gm (2.264 AU)
Eccentricity 0.096
1244.205 d (3.41 a)
Inclination 6.285°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 13 - 30 km
Mass unknown
Mean density
Albedo unknown

298 Baptistina is a common Main belt asteroid. It was found by Auguste Charlois on September 9, 1890 in Nice.

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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