Key Facts

Overview

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

Napolitania orbits the sun every 1,010 days (2.77 years), coming as close as 1.87 AU and reaching as far as 2.06 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Napolitania is probably between 2.538 to 5.676 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

The rotation of Napolitania has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 45.63 days.

No Close Approaches

Napolitania's orbit is 0.92 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

Napolitania's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 6, 1970. It was last officially observed on Jan. 27, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,175 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: 1.964 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0477
  • Inclination: 23.11°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 304.47°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 243.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 43.58°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~3.277 km
  • Magnitude: 15.1

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,010 days (2.77 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 21.15 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.06 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.87 AU
  • Rotation Period: 45.63 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

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