Key Facts

Overview

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

Libya orbits the sun every 2,900 days (7.94 years), coming as close as 3.57 AU and reaching as far as 4.39 AU from the sun. Libya is about 96.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Libya has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 17.57 hours.

Libya's spectral type P (Tholen) / None (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain .

No Close Approaches

Libya's orbit is 2.59 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

Libya's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 29, 1930. It was last officially observed on June 8, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,696 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: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.981 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1031
  • Inclination: 4.43°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 350.99°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 118.57°
  • Mean Anomaly: 22.27°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 96.71000 km
  • Magnitude: 9.12
  • Albedo: 0.043
  • Spectral type (Tholen): P

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,900 days (7.94 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.93 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.39 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.57 AU
  • Rotation Period: 17.57 hours
  • Approx. Composition: .

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