Key Facts

Overview

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

Hilda orbits the sun every 2,900 days (7.94 years), coming as close as 3.42 AU and reaching as far as 4.54 AU from the sun. Hilda is about 170.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

The rotation of Hilda has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.96 days.

Hilda's spectral type P (Tholen) / X (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain nickel, iron, and cobalt.

No Close Approaches

Hilda's orbit is 2.41 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

Hilda's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 30, 1895. It was last officially observed on April 22, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,951 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: 3.979 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1403
  • Inclination: 7.82°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 228.13°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 39.05°
  • Mean Anomaly: 224.98°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 170.63000 km
  • Magnitude: 7.6
  • Albedo: 0.0618
  • Spectral type (Tholen): P
  • Spectral type (SMASS): X

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,900 days (7.94 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.93 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.54 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.42 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.96 hours
  • Approx. Composition: nickel, iron, and cobalt.

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