|Minor Planet Designation||2 Pallas|
|Asteroid Group||Main Asteroid Belt (Pallas family)|
|Orbital Period||11.8 years|
|Distance from the Sun||Mean: 409,000,000 km (2.73 AU)|
Perihelion: 318,700,000 km (2.13 AU)
Aphelion: 510,500,000 km (3.41 AU)
|Diameter (Mean)||512 kilometres|
|Notes||Pallas was the second asteroid to be discovered, and isthe third largest and most massive after Ceres and Vesta. In shape it is a flattened ellipsoid: its diameter along its longest axis is some 550 km, while along its shortest axis it measures a distance some 74 km shorter.|
Asteroid Pallas has a rather irregular form, but is nearly spherical in shape.
Pallas is the second largest of the Solar System's asteroids, but is considerably smaller than the largest,
Ceres, to which it is in many ways similar. It pursues a curious orbit, inclined at some 35°
to the main Asteroid Belt.