Key Facts


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

Kerstin orbits the sun every 2,130 days (5.83 years), coming as close as 2.86 AU and reaching as far as 3.62 AU from the sun. Kerstin is about 43.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

The rotation of Kerstin has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 18.72 hours.

No Close Approaches

Kerstin's orbit is 1.86 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

Kerstin's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 1, 1916. It was last officially observed on Oct. 23, 2021. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 4,012 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: 2459600.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.238 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.1165
  • Inclination: 14.5°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 5.39°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 352.81°
  • Mean Anomaly: 91.7°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 43.57600 km
  • Magnitude: 10.73
  • Albedo: 0.051

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,130 days (5.83 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.54 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.62 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.86 AU
  • Rotation Period: 18.72 hours

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