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Flora family





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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