Key Facts

Overview

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

Simeisa orbits the sun every 2,870 days (7.86 years), coming as close as 3.20 AU and reaching as far as 4.70 AU from the sun. Simeisa is about 103.7 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Delaware.

The rotation of Simeisa has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 11.92 hours.

Simeisa's spectral type P (Tholen) / None (SMASSII) indicates that it is likely to contain .

No Close Approaches

Simeisa's orbit is 2.22 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

Simeisa's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 19, 1920. It was last officially observed on April 27, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 3,483 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: 2459396.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.95 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1887
  • Inclination: 2.26°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 265.47°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 177.66°
  • Mean Anomaly: 13.94°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 103.71400 km
  • Magnitude: 9.01
  • Albedo: 0.041
  • Spectral type (Tholen): P

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,870 days (7.86 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 14.97 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.70 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 3.20 AU
  • Rotation Period: 11.92 hours
  • Approx. Composition: .

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