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Flora family





The Flora family is a collection of asteroids near the inner edge of the asteroid belt whose orbits have semimajor axes of 2.12 to 2.25 AU and mean inclinations of about 5°. All the members of the Flora family probably came from the breakup of a single parent body; however, other asteroids in this region with similar orbital characteristics appear to have different origins. The prototype is 8 Flora, discovered by John Hind in 1847.


Data for 8 Flora
diameter 162 km
spectral class S
semimajor axis 2.202 AU
perihelion 1.86 AU
aphelion 2.55 AU
eccentricity 0.156
inclination 5.89°
period 3.27 years


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