Key Facts

Overview

Ismene is a large asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Ismene as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Ismene orbits the sun every 2,910 days (7.97 years), coming as close as 3.32 AU and reaching as far as 4.65 AU from the sun. Ismene is about 159.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Vermont.

The rotation of Ismene has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 6.52 days.

Ismene's spectral type P (Tholen) / X (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain nickel, iron, and cobalt.

No Close Approaches

Ismene's orbit is 2.35 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

Ismene's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 6, 1894. It was last officially observed on Jan. 26, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,748 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: 3.987 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1667
  • Inclination: 6.18°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 175.46°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 271.12°
  • Mean Anomaly: 308.83°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 159.00000 km
  • Magnitude: 7.7
  • Albedo: 0.066
  • Spectral type (Tholen): P
  • Spectral type (SMASS): X

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,910 days (7.97 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.91 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.65 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.32 AU
  • Rotation Period: 6.52 hours
  • Approx. Composition: nickel, iron, and cobalt.

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