A three-dimensional model of 76 Freia based on its light curve.
|Discovered by||Heinrich d'Arrest|
|Discovery date||October 21, 1862|
|Minor planet category||Outer main belt (Cybele)|
|Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)|
|Aphelion||594.715 Gm (3.975 AU)|
|Perihelion||427.898 Gm (2.860 AU)|
|511.306 Gm (3.418 AU)|
|2307.979 d (6.32 a)|
Average orbital speed
|Mass||(1.97 ± 4.20) × 1018 kg|
|0.79 ± 1.69 g/cm3|
76 Freia (// FRY-ə) is a very large main-belt asteroid. It orbits in the outer part of the asteroid belt and is classified as a Cybele asteroid. Its composition is very primitive and it is extremely dark in color. Freia was discovered by the astronomer Heinrich d'Arrest on October 21, 1862, in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was his first and only asteroid discovery. It is named after the goddess Freyja in Norse mythology.
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