Key Facts

Overview

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

Bruna orbits the sun every 1,310 days (3.59 years), coming as close as 1.74 AU and reaching as far as 2.94 AU from the sun. Bruna is about 9.8 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Bruna has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 13.81 days.

No Close Approaches

Bruna's orbit is 0.87 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very 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

Bruna's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 12, 1915. It was last officially observed on June 17, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,394 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: 2.338 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2572
  • Inclination: 22.32°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 10.37°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 105.35°
  • Mean Anomaly: 197.51°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 9.82200 km
  • Magnitude: 12.0
  • Albedo: 0.314

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,310 days (3.59 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.42 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.94 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.74 AU
  • Rotation Period: 13.81 hours

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