Key Facts


Vyssotsky is a mid-sized asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter within the inner portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Vyssotsky as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Vyssotsky orbits the sun every 918 days (2.51 years), coming as close as 1.78 AU and reaching as far as 1.92 AU from the sun. Vyssotsky is about 7.4 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Vyssotsky has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.20 hours.

No Close Approaches

Vyssotsky's orbit is 0.81 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a 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

Vyssotsky's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 22, 1947. It was last officially observed on Dec. 29, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,409 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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These objects have orbits that share similar characteristics to the orbit of Vyssotsky:



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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2460200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.849 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0372
  • Inclination: 21.17°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 60.57°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 50.57°
  • Mean Anomaly: 341.86°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 7.41300 km
  • Magnitude: 12.63
  • Albedo: 0.321
  • Spectral type (SMASS): A

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 918 days (2.51 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 21.91 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 1.92 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.78 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.20 hours

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Sky Map

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