Key Facts

Overview

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

Hermione orbits the sun every 2,350 days (6.43 years), coming as close as 3.01 AU and reaching as far as 3.91 AU from the sun. Hermione is about 209.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Maryland.

The rotation of Hermione has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.55 days.

Hermione's spectral type C (Tholen) / Ch (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain nickel, iron, cobalt, water, nitrogen, and ammonia.

No Close Approaches

Hermione's orbit is 2.02 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

Hermione's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 7, 1872. It was last officially observed on June 17, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,750 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

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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: 3.462 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1298
  • Inclination: 7.58°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 73.11°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 296.87°
  • Mean Anomaly: 281.23°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 209.00000 km
  • Magnitude: 7.3
  • Albedo: 0.0482
  • Spectral type (Tholen): C
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Ch

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,350 days (6.43 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.03 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.91 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.01 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.55 hours
  • Approx. Composition: nickel, iron, cobalt, water, nitrogen, and ammonia.

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