Key Facts

Overview

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

Romania orbits the sun every 1,120 days (3.07 years), coming as close as 1.85 AU and reaching as far as 2.38 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Romania is probably between 2.016 to 4.509 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.

No Close Approaches

Romania's orbit is 0.83 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

Romania's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 12, 1981. It was last officially observed on April 3, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 999 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: 2459000.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 2.114 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1262
  • Inclination: 2.0°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 253.69°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 19.23°
  • Mean Anomaly: 195.26°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~2.603 km
  • Magnitude: 15.6

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,120 days (3.07 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 20.53 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.38 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.85 AU

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