Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Main-belt Asteroid
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island (44.59 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

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

Klytia orbits the sun every 1,590 days (4.35 years), coming as close as 2.55 AU and reaching as far as 2.78 AU from the sun. Klytia is about 44.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Klytia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.30 days.

No Close Approaches

Klytia's orbit is 1.57 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

Klytia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 2, 1864. It was last officially observed on June 16, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,931 observations used to determine its orbit.

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

View asteroid Klytia 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.666 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0418
  • Inclination: 2.37°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 6.88°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 53.84°
  • Mean Anomaly: 245.83°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 44.59000 km
  • Magnitude: 9.0
  • Albedo: 0.223
  • Spectral type (Tholen): S

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,590 days (4.35 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 18.24 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.78 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.55 AU
  • Rotation Period: 8.30 hours

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