Key Facts

Overview

Rudra is a small asteroid with an orbit that crosses the orbit of Mars. NASA JPL has not classified Rudra as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Rudra orbits the sun every 839 days (2.30 years), coming as close as 1.34 AU and reaching as far as 2.14 AU from the sun. Rudra is about 4.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Rudra has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 123.17 days.

Rudra's spectral type (Tholen) / B (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain iron, hydrogen, ammonia, and nitrogen.

No Close Approaches

Rudra's orbit is 0.48 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

Rudra's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 5, 1954. It was last officially observed on Feb. 21, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 846 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: 1.74040822808 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.229207128837
  • Inclination: 23.4402882444°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 343.453707403°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 280.673778845°
  • Mean Anomaly: 358.293178577°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 4.88400 km
  • Magnitude: 15.0
  • Albedo: 0.066
  • Spectral type (SMASS): B

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 839 days (2.30 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 22.58 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.14 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.34 AU
  • Rotation Period: 123.17 days
  • Approx. Composition: iron, hydrogen, ammonia, and nitrogen.

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Orbit Simulation

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