Key Facts

Overview

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

Schubart orbits the sun every 2,890 days (7.91 years), coming as close as 3.29 AU and reaching as far as 4.65 AU from the sun. Schubart is about 67.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Schubart has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 11.92 hours.

Schubart's spectral type P (Tholen) / None (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain .

No Close Approaches

Schubart's orbit is 2.31 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

Schubart's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 27, 1928. It was last officially observed on Aug. 7, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,407 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: 3.972 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1717
  • Inclination: 1.65°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 284.83°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 181.5°
  • Mean Anomaly: 311.03°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 67.47600 km
  • Magnitude: 10.06
  • Albedo: 0.035
  • Spectral type (Tholen): P

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,890 days (7.91 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.95 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.65 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.29 AU
  • Rotation Period: 11.92 hours
  • Approx. Composition: .

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