Key Facts

Overview

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

Sonja orbits the sun every 1,215 days (3.33 years), coming as close as 1.61 AU and reaching as far as 2.84 AU from the sun. Sonja is about 7.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Sonja has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.88 days.

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

No Close Approaches

Sonja's orbit is 0.62 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

Sonja's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 26, 1933. It was last officially observed on Aug. 21, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,218 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: 2.22781650824 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.275276267914
  • Inclination: 5.36381201367°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 236.382884456°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 99.7215469506°
  • Mean Anomaly: 282.49372494°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 7.80000 km
  • Magnitude: 13.5
  • Albedo: 0.4598
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Sq

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,215 days (3.33 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.96 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.84 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.61 AU
  • Rotation Period: 2.88 days
  • Approx. Composition: magnesium silicate and iron silicate.

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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