Universe Guide

(234) Barbara Asteroid

Barbara 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 9.02 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 144.52572 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 192.1779. 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 284.72718, is the angular distance of the planet from the perihelion or aphelion. Ref:Dictionary.The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.3859369, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Barbara orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 15.37221 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.2454278, it is the degree at which Barbara orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Barbara Facts

Asteroid TypePhocaea
Absolute Magnitude9.02
Longitude Of Ascending Node144.52572
Argument of Perihelion192.1779
Mean Anomoly284.72718
Semi-Major Axis 2.3859369
Orbital Inclination (degrees)15.37221
Orbital Eccentricity0.2454278

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