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Photo of the asteroid Vesta
4 Vesta

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Mean distance from the star Sun 353.270.000 km
2,361 AU
Minimum distance from the star Sun (perihelion) 321.950.000 km
Maximum distance from the star Sun (aphelion) 384.590.000 km
Orbital period around the star Sun (sideric) 3,63 y
Orbital inclination 7,133 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the star Sun 0,0886
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Discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers 1807
Mass 2,67 × 1020 kg
Equatorial radius 264,5 km
Mean density 3,44 g/cm³
Rotational period 5,342 h
Albedo 0,38
Apparent magnitude + 5,9 mvis
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Vesta is one of the most popular and mysterious goddesses of the Roman pantheon. Vesta is the goddess of the hearth, equated with the Greek Hestia. In her temple on the Palatine Hill, the sacred fire of the Roman state burned, which was maintained by the Vestal Virgins.

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