(77) Frigga

77 Frigga
Discovered byChristian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Discovery dateNovember 12, 1862
MPC designation(77) Frigga
Named after
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion452.196 Gm (3.023 AU)
Perihelion346.228 Gm (2.314 AU)
399.212 Gm (2.669 AU)
1592.266 d (4.36 a)
18.15 km/s
Physical characteristics
Dimensions69.2 km[1]
Mass(1.74 ± 0.68) × 1018 kg[2]
Mean density
11.05 ± 4.34[2] g/cm3
Equatorial surface gravity
0.0193 m/s²
Equatorial escape velocity
0.0366 km/s
9.0 hr[1]

Frigga (/ˈfrɪɡə/ FRIG; minor planet designation: 77 Frigga) is a large, M-type, possibly metallic main-belt asteroid. It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on November 12, 1862. It is named after Frigg, the Norse goddess.

Frigga has been studied by radar.[4] The spectra of this asteroid displays a feature at a wavelength of 3 μm, indicating the presence of hydrated minerals on the surface.[5] The near infrared spectrum is reddish and shows no spectral absorption features. Potential analogs of this spectrum include enstatite chondrites and nickel-iron meteorites.[6]

A three-chord occultation plot of the asteroid 77 Frigga, observed 2018 April 11th from eastern Australia.

Since 1999 there have been four stellar occultations by the asteroid. The first three were single chord observations, and the fourth was a 3-chord observation, and a miss. The best fit ellipse measures 60.0x74.0 kilometres at PA -14degrees.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 77 Frigga" (2012-01-04 last obs). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science, 73, pp. 98–118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009. See Table 1.
  3. ^ Asteroid Data Sets Archived 2009-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Radar-Detected Asteroids and Comets". NASA/JPL Asteroid Radar Research. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  5. ^ Gil-Hutton, R. (March 2007), "Polarimetry of M-type asteroids", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 464 (3): 1127−1132, Bibcode:2007A&A...464.1127G, doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20066348.
  6. ^ Takir, D.; et al. (March 2008), "The Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Two M-Class Main Belt Asteroids, 77 Frigga and 325 Heidelberga", 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX), held March 10-14, 2008 in League City, Texas. LPI Contribution No. 1391., p. 1084, Bibcode:2008LPI....39.1084T
  7. ^ "PDS Asteroid/Dust Subnode". sbn.psi.edu. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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