Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Main-belt Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (50.12 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

Lameia is a relatively small asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in the main portion of the asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Lameia as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Lameia orbits the sun every 1,419 days (3.88 years), coming as close as 2.31 AU and reaching as far as 2.63 AU from the sun. Lameia is about 50.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Lameia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 11.91 days.

No Close Approaches

Lameia's orbit is 1.29 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

Lameia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 6, 1885. It was last officially observed on Aug. 22, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,058 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: 2.47106672018 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0657921421444
  • Inclination: 4.06101140385°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 246.791096652°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 10.9841144555°
  • Mean Anomaly: 157.780784363°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 50.12000 km
  • Magnitude: 10.2
  • Albedo: 0.062

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,419 days (3.88 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.95 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.63 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.31 AU
  • Rotation Period: 11.91 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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