Key Facts

Overview

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

Goldberger orbits the sun every 1,020 days (2.79 years), coming as close as 1.89 AU and reaching as far as 2.07 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Goldberger is probably between 3.986 to 8.913 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Goldberger has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.27 hours.

No Close Approaches

Goldberger's orbit is 0.89 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

Goldberger's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 11, 1978. It was last officially observed on Dec. 7, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,381 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 1.979 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0462
  • Inclination: 28.56°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 154.9°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 208.49°
  • Mean Anomaly: 23.86°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~5.146 km
  • Magnitude: 14.12

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,020 days (2.79 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 21.11 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.07 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.89 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.27 hours

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Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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Size Rendering

The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Goldberger to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.