Key Facts

Overview

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

Wild orbits the sun every 2,870 days (7.86 years), coming as close as 2.81 AU and reaching as far as 5.10 AU from the sun. Wild is about 17.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Philadelphia.

The rotation of Wild has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 48.52 hours.

No Close Approaches

Wild's orbit is 1.81 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

Wild's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 17, 1915. It was last officially observed on June 11, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,541 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: 3.956 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2897
  • Inclination: 3.96°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 60.44°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 302.88°
  • Mean Anomaly: 103.13°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 17.12000 km
  • Magnitude: 11.9
  • Albedo: 0.152

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,870 days (7.86 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 15.00 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.10 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.81 AU
  • Rotation Period: 48.52 hours

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