Elsa is a large asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the main portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Elsa as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
Elsa orbits the sun every 1,370 days (3.75 years), coming as close as 1.96 AU and reaching as far as 2.87 AU from the sun. Elsa is about 39.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Houston.
The rotation of Elsa has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 80.09 hours.
Elsa's orbit is 0.98 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.
Elsa's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 14, 1904. It was last officially observed on July 15, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,382 observations used to determine its orbit.
Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape:
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