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(738) Alagasta Asteroid

Alagasta is an asteroid, a large rock that orbits the Sun mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They tend to be an irregular shaped but Ceres asteroid is known to be spherical in shape but because it doesn't clear its path round the Sun, it is only a dwarf planet.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 10.13 which is the brightness of the object. A higher absolute magnitude means that the object is faint whereas a very low number means it is very bright.

The Longitude of Ascending Node of the object is 132.09771 degrees. It is the angle between the Reference Direction and the Ascending Node. It is normally represented by the greek letter Ω. The ascending node is the point in which the object passes north. The descending node is the southern.The Argument of Perihelion is 42.463. It is the angle along the orbit of a planet or other Solar System object as measured from the ascending node (analogous to right ascension and longitude) Ref:Hawaii.

The mean anomoly is 332.09781, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 3.0360663, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Alagasta orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 3.53466 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0545197, it is the degree at which Alagasta orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Alagasta Facts


TypeAsteroid
Absolute Magnitude10.13
Longitude Of Ascending Node132.09771
Argument of Perihelion42.463
Mean Anomoly332.09781
Semi-Major Axis 3.0360663
Orbital Inclination (degrees)3.53466
Orbital Eccentricity0.0545197
Source(s)https://minorplanetcenter.net/


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