Key Facts

Overview

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

Huberta orbits the sun every 2,340 days (6.41 years), coming as close as 3.07 AU and reaching as far as 3.83 AU from the sun. Huberta is about 101.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Huberta has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.29 days.

No Close Approaches

Huberta's orbit is 2.07 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

Huberta's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 22, 1906. It was last officially observed on June 16, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,325 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

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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: 3.454 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1101
  • Inclination: 6.41°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 164.96°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 179.77°
  • Mean Anomaly: 327.47°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 101.53900 km
  • Magnitude: 9.1
  • Albedo: 0.044
  • Spectral type (Tholen): CX:

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,340 days (6.41 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.06 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.83 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.07 AU
  • Rotation Period: 8.29 hours

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