Key Facts

Overview

Hecuba is a large asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Hecuba as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Hecuba orbits the sun every 2,130 days (5.83 years), coming as close as 3.06 AU and reaching as far as 3.42 AU from the sun. Hecuba is about 75.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Hecuba has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 14.26 days.

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

No Close Approaches

Hecuba's orbit is 2.06 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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

Hecuba's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 26, 1880. It was last officially observed on Jan. 31, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,763 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.237 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0556
  • Inclination: 4.22°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 349.98°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 206.0°
  • Mean Anomaly: 42.17°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 75.49800 km
  • Magnitude: 8.0
  • Albedo: 0.148
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Sl

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,130 days (5.83 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.53 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.42 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.06 AU
  • Rotation Period: 14.26 days
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

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