Key Facts

  • Classified as a Main-belt Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the island of Manhattan (3.72 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Armstrong orbits the sun every 1,208 days (3.31 years), coming as close as 1.77 AU and reaching as far as 2.67 AU from the sun. Armstrong is about 3.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

The rotation of Armstrong has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 5.97 days.

No Close Approaches

Armstrong's orbit is 0.75 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

Armstrong's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 16, 1969. It was last officially observed on Sept. 1, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,470 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: 2458600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.21958601286 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.203616139423
  • Inclination: 3.95850502823°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 159.388963444°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 150.58360977°
  • Mean Anomaly: 45.2719737401°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 3.72000 km
  • Magnitude: 14.5
  • Albedo: 0.243

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,208 days (3.31 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.99 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.67 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.77 AU
  • Rotation Period: 5.97 days

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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