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Hilda group





A group of asteroids that define the outer edge of the main asteroid belt, about 4 AU from the Sun. They have become locked into their present orbits by a gravitational resonance with Jupiter: a Hilda makes exactly three orbits of the Sun for every two that Jupiter makes. The prototype is (153) Hilda, discovered in 1875 by Johanna Palisa.


Data for (153) Hilda
diameter 171 km
spectral class P
semimajor axis 3.975 AU
perihelion 3.408 AU
aphelion 4.543 AU
eccentricity 0.143
inclination 7.84°
period 9.72 years


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   • ASTEROIDS AND OTHER MINOR PLANETS - TYPES AND GROUPS