Key Facts

Overview

Amundsenia is a relatively small asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Amundsenia as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Amundsenia orbits the sun every 1,324 days (3.63 years), coming as close as 1.66 AU and reaching as far as 3.06 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Amundsenia is probably between 10.105 to 22.596 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the city of Cleveland, Ohio.

The rotation of Amundsenia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 7.76 days.

Amundsenia's spectral type (Tholen) / S (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

No Close Approaches

Amundsenia's orbit is 0.65 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

Amundsenia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 4, 1926. It was last officially observed on May 10, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,141 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.36027598409 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.297140532044
  • Inclination: 8.3628545064°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 330.32414237°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 353.652286727°
  • Mean Anomaly: 201.769728777°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~13.046 km
  • Magnitude: 12.1
  • Spectral type (SMASS): S

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,324 days (3.63 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.39 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.06 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.66 AU
  • Rotation Period: 7.76 days
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

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Orbit Simulation

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