Maria family

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The Maria or Marian asteroids are a group of about 89 asteroids that orbit the Sun with distances between about 2.52−2.62 AU. They were initially identified by Japanese astronomer Kiyotsugu Hirayama in 1918.[1] Asteroids in this family typically have an inclination of 12 to 17 degrees.[2] The family gets its name from its lowest numbered member, the asteroid 170 Maria.

Although asteroid 695 Bella has orbital properties that make it a candidate for this dynamic family, the spectral properties of the object indicate it is most likely an interloper. Instead, it may have been spalled off from 6 Hebe, or its parent body.[1]

Asteroids in this Family[edit]

Members[1]
Name a e i
170 Maria 2.553 0.065 14.40°
292 Ludovica 2.529 0.034 14.92°
652 Jubilatrix 2.554 0.127 15.77°
714 Ulula 2.535 0.058 14.27°
787 Moskva 2.539 0.129 14.84°
875 Nymphe 2.552 0.151 14.59°
879 Ricarda 2.531 0.155 13.68°
897 Lysistrata 2.541 0.094 14.32°
1158 Luda 2.564 0.112 14.85°
1215 Boyer 2.578 0.133 15.91°
2089 Cetacea 2.533 0.156 15.39°
3066 McFadden 2.527 0.133 15.57°

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