Key Facts

Overview

Beltrovata is a small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Beltrovata as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.

Beltrovata orbits the sun every 1,115 days (3.05 years), coming as close as 1.23 AU and reaching as far as 2.97 AU from the sun. Beltrovata is about 2.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.

The rotation of Beltrovata has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.90 days.

No Close Approaches

Beltrovata's orbit is 0.23 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an 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

Beltrovata's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 4, 1977. It was last officially observed on April 23, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,063 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.10477667755 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.413375855774
  • Inclination: 5.22354748898°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 287.340453346°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 43.0430432536°
  • Mean Anomaly: 233.309148146°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 2.30000 km
  • Magnitude: 15.21
  • Albedo: 0.27
  • Spectral type (Tholen): SQ

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,115 days (3.05 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.53 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.97 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.23 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.90 days

Size Comparison

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Sky Map

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