An asteroid family is a population of asteroids that share similar proper orbital elements, such as semimajor axis, eccentricity, and orbital inclination. The members of the families are thought to be fragments of past asteroid collisions. An asteroid family is a more specific term than asteroid group whose members, while sharing some broad orbital characteristics, may be otherwise unrelated to each other.
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... Family Name Named After orbital elements Size Alternate Names a (AU) e i (°) approx ... of asteroids members in Zappalà HCM analysis The most prominent families within the main belt are Eos (Eoan) 221 Eos 2.99 to 3.03 0.01 to 0.13 8 to 480 ... Eunomia(n) 15 Eunomia 2.53 to 2.72 0.0 ...
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