Key Facts

Overview

Mauritia is a large asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the outer reaches of the main asteroid belt. NASA JPL has not classified Mauritia as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Mauritia orbits the sun every 2,150 days (5.89 years), coming as close as 3.12 AU and reaching as far as 3.40 AU from the sun. Mauritia is about 24.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the city of Indianapolis.

The rotation of Mauritia has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 9.95 hours.

No Close Approaches

Mauritia's orbit is 2.15 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

Mauritia's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 1, 1913. It was last officially observed on Jan. 21, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,304 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: 2459800.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.262 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0423
  • Inclination: 13.29°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 125.53°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 35.71°
  • Mean Anomaly: 228.77°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 24.71100 km
  • Magnitude: 10.54
  • Albedo: 0.200

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,150 days (5.89 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.51 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.40 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.12 AU
  • Rotation Period: 9.95 hours

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