Key Facts


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

Roxane orbits the sun every 1,260 days (3.45 years), coming as close as 2.09 AU and reaching as far as 2.48 AU from the sun. Roxane is about 18.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Philadelphia.

The rotation of Roxane has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.17 hours.

Roxane's spectral type E (Tholen) / Xe (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain iron, nickel, and cobalt.

No Close Approaches

Roxane's orbit is 1.08 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

Roxane's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 11, 1891. It was last officially observed on July 1, 2023. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 4,212 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: 2460200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.287 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0859
  • Inclination: 1.77°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 151.34°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 187.13°
  • Mean Anomaly: 60.21°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 18.64800 km
  • Magnitude: 9.82
  • Albedo: 0.926
  • Spectral type (Tholen): E
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xe

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,260 days (3.45 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.75 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.48 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.09 AU
  • Rotation Period: 8.17 hours
  • Approx. Composition: iron, nickel, and cobalt.

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