Key Facts

Overview

2002 CE251 is a large asteroid whose orbit extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 2002 CE251 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

2002 CE251 orbits the sun every 90,400 days (247.50 years), coming as close as 28.84 AU and reaching as far as 50.00 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2002 CE251 is probably between 55.533 to 124.177 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

No Close Approaches

2002 CE251's orbit is 27.80 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

2002 CE251's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 8, 2002. It was last officially observed on March 23, 2015. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 23 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: 39.42 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2684
  • Inclination: 9.31°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 342.64°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 215.65°
  • Mean Anomaly: 6.26°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~71.693 km
  • Magnitude: 8.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 90,400 days (247.50 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.74 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 50.00 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 28.84 AU

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