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Apollo asteroid

The Apollo asteroids are a group of near-Earth asteroids named after 1862 Apollo[?], The first asteroid of this group to be discovered. They have average orbital diameters greater than that of the Earth. Notice the important condition of "average" orbital diameters. Some Apollos have eccentric orbits that cross the orbit of the Earth, making them a potential threat to our planet.

Other well-known Apollo asteroids include 1685 Toro[?], 1620 Geographos[?], and 1566 Icarus[?].



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