Key Facts

Overview

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

Kalypso orbits the sun every 1,550 days (4.24 years), coming as close as 2.09 AU and reaching as far as 3.15 AU from the sun. Kalypso is about 97.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Kalypso has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 9.04 hours.

No Close Approaches

Kalypso's orbit is 1.11 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

Kalypso's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 1, 1866. It was last officially observed on Aug. 8, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,484 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.622 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2028
  • Inclination: 5.18°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 143.46°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 313.84°
  • Mean Anomaly: 248.78°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 97.26200 km
  • Magnitude: 8.91
  • Albedo: 0.028
  • Spectral type (Tholen): XC

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,550 days (4.24 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.40 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.15 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.09 AU
  • Rotation Period: 9.04 hours

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