Asteroid 1566, Icarus, discovered in 1949 by Walter Baade. is an Apollo asteroid, or near Earth asteroid, that at perihelion that comes closer to the Sun than Mercury,. Icarus was Classified as a Mercury/Venus/Mars crosser asteroid, Icarus does just that, crosses the orbits of Mercury, Venus and Mars. Icarus orbits the Sun in roughly 1.12 years and spends around 4-5 weeks in each sign.
It is named after Icarus of Greek mythology, who flew too close to the Sun.
Icarus makes a close approach to Earth at gaps of 9, 19, or 38 years. Rarely, it comes as close as 6.4 millon Km (4 million miles or 16 lunar distances), as it did on June 14, 1968. The last close approach was in 1996, at 15.1 millon Km, almost 40 times as far as the Moon. The next close approach will be June 16, 2015, at 8.1 millon Km (5 million miles).
Project Icarus details can be found on:http://mitpress.mit.edu/boo...http://beyondapollo.blogspo...
Time Magazine Article about Project Icarus:http://www.time.com/time/ma...
Image of Icarus Asteroid at 0.01 is by Space Artist David Hardy
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