Key Facts

Overview

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

Reginhild orbits the sun every 1,240 days (3.39 years), coming as close as 1.72 AU and reaching as far as 2.79 AU from the sun. Reginhild is about 8.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

The rotation of Reginhild has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 14.34 days.

No Close Approaches

Reginhild's orbit is 0.74 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

Reginhild's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 19, 1905. It was last officially observed on Aug. 28, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,845 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: 2.253 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.2384
  • Inclination: 5.68°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 336.65°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 77.07°
  • Mean Anomaly: 297.58°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 8.45600 km
  • Magnitude: 12.3
  • Albedo: 0.298
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,240 days (3.39 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.77 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.79 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.72 AU
  • Rotation Period: 14.34 days

Size Comparison

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Sky Map

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