Key Facts

Overview

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

Ausonia orbits the sun every 1,350 days (3.70 years), coming as close as 2.09 AU and reaching as far as 2.70 AU from the sun. Ausonia is about 116.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Ausonia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 9.30 hours.

Ausonia's spectral type S (Tholen) / Sa (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain and .

No Close Approaches

Ausonia'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

Ausonia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 1, 1861. It was last officially observed on Aug. 9, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,946 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: 2.395 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.127
  • Inclination: 5.78°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 337.72°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 296.19°
  • Mean Anomaly: 350.96°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 116.04400 km
  • Magnitude: 7.46
  • Albedo: 0.125
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Sa

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,350 days (3.70 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.30 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.70 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.09 AU
  • Rotation Period: 9.30 hours
  • Approx. Composition: and .

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