Key Facts

Overview

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

Adalberta orbits the sun every 1,420 days (3.89 years), coming as close as 1.84 AU and reaching as far as 3.09 AU from the sun. Adalberta is about 9.1 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Adalberta has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 3.56 days.

No Close Approaches

Adalberta'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

Adalberta's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 2, 1910. It was last officially observed on June 17, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,880 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.468 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2528
  • Inclination: 6.76°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 137.12°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 259.1°
  • Mean Anomaly: 229.16°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 9.11100 km
  • Magnitude: 12.4
  • Albedo: 0.256

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,420 days (3.89 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.91 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.09 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.84 AU
  • Rotation Period: 3.56 hours

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