Key Facts

Overview

Brahms is a large asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the main portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Brahms as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Brahms orbits the sun every 1,160 days (3.18 years), coming as close as 1.78 AU and reaching as far as 2.55 AU from the sun. Brahms is about 13.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Cleveland, Ohio.

No Close Approaches

Brahms's orbit is 0.77 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

Brahms's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 11, 1904. It was last officially observed on July 31, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,750 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.164 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1784
  • Inclination: 2.98°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 249.44°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 74.68°
  • Mean Anomaly: 266.36°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 13.74700 km
  • Magnitude: 13.95
  • Albedo: 0.022

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,160 days (3.18 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.30 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.55 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.78 AU

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