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(2) Pallas Asteroid

Pallas 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. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 205,000.

Pallas was discovered on Mar 28 1802 by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers. Its orbit takes 4.61 years to travel round the Sun. Its takes 7.811 hours to do a full rotation period.

The absolute magnitude of the object is 0 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 Aphelion of the object is 3.41261 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is furthest from the object that it is orbit. At this point, it will then return back to the orbit target. The Perihelion of the object is 2.13061 A.U. which is the point in the orbit that is closest to the object that it is orbit around.

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 2.774, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The approximate diameter of Pallas is 0 km.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Pallas orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 34.84 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.2299, it is the degree at which Pallas orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Pallas Facts

Date of DiscoveryMar 28 1802
DiscovererHeinrich Wilhelm Olbers
Orbital Period4.61
Rotation Period7.811 Hours
Absolute Magnitude0
Aphelion (Furthest)3.41261 A.U.
Perihelion (Nearest)2.13061 A.U.
Semi-Major Axis2.774
Approx. Diameter0
Orbital Inclination34.84
Orbital Eccentricity0.2299

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