Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Main-belt Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (58.29 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Angelina orbits the sun every 1,610 days (4.41 years), coming as close as 2.35 AU and reaching as far as 3.02 AU from the sun. Angelina is about 58.3 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Angelina has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.75 hours.

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

No Close Approaches

Angelina's orbit is 1.36 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

Angelina's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 8, 1861. It was last officially observed on Aug. 6, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,107 observations used to determine its orbit.

Scientists have been able to determine this object's shape.

View asteroid Angelina in 3D.

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: 2.684 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1251
  • Inclination: 1.31°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 309.08°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 180.18°
  • Mean Anomaly: 215.66°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 58.29200 km
  • Magnitude: 7.68
  • Albedo: 0.483
  • Spectral type (Tholen): E
  • Spectral type (SMASS): Xe

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,610 days (4.41 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.14 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.02 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.35 AU
  • Rotation Period: 8.75 hours
  • Approx. Composition: iron, nickel, and cobalt.

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