Key Facts

  • Classified as a Main-belt Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay (8.98 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA)
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA)
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Collins orbits the sun every 1,385 days (3.79 years), coming as close as 2.13 AU and reaching as far as 2.73 AU from the sun. Collins is about 9.0 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.

No Close Approaches

Collins's orbit is 1.14 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

Collins's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 1, 1951. It was last officially observed on Aug. 7, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,756 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: 2.43186410054 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.124573524272
  • Inclination: 2.67410626331°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 165.849200903°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 329.037267368°
  • Mean Anomaly: 214.307894366°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 8.97600 km
  • Magnitude: 13.8
  • Albedo: 0.036

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,385 days (3.79 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 19.10 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.73 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.13 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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