Key Facts

Overview

Albion is a average-sized asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified Albion as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Albion orbits the sun every 105,803 days (289.67 years), coming as close as 40.80 AU and reaching as far as 46.75 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Albion is probably between 101.054 to 225.964 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Connecticut.

No Close Approaches

Albion's orbit is 39.80 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

Albion's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 30, 1992. It was last officially observed on Oct. 6, 2013. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 70 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This asteroid is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

Similar Objects

These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of Albion:

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 43.7789433748 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0679350138235
  • Inclination: 2.18275004451°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 359.339121794°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 359.953258723°
  • Mean Anomaly: 33.5616698061°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~130.461 km
  • Magnitude: 7.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 105,803 days (289.67 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.50 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 46.75 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 40.80 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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