(228) Agathe

228 Agathe
Discovery [1]
Discovered byJ. Palisa
Discovery siteVienna Observatory
Discovery date19 August 1882
Designations
(228) Agathe
Named after
daughter of astronomer
Theodor v. Oppolzer[2]
A882 QA
main-belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc110.45 yr (40343 d)
Aphelion2.7345 AU (409.08 Gm)
Perihelion1.6680 AU (249.53 Gm)
2.2013 AU (329.31 Gm)
Eccentricity0.24224
3.27 yr (1192.9 d)
359.08°
0° 18m 6.408s / day
Inclination2.5363°
313.36°
19.121°
Earth MOID0.657123 AU (98.3042 Gm)
Mars MOID0.2931 AU (43.85 Gm)
Jupiter MOID2.62486 AU (392.673 Gm)
TJupiter3.625
Physical characteristics
Dimensions9.30±0.8 km
6.484 h (0.2702 d)
0.2082±0.043
B–V = 0.918
U–B = 0.596
S (Tholen), S (SMASS)
12.48

Agathe (minor planet designation: 228 Agathe) is a stony main belt asteroid, about 9 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Johann Palisa on 19 August 1882 at Vienna Observatory, Austria. Photometric observations during 2003 showed a rotation period of 6.48 ± 0.01 hours with a brightness variation of 0.27 ± 0.03 in magnitude. An earlier study yielded results that are consistent with these estimates.[3] Agathe is the lowest numbered asteroid to have an Earth-MOID as low as 0.657 AU (98.3 million km).[1] On 23 August 2029 the asteroid will be 0.659 AU (98.6 million km) from Earth.

Agathe was named after the youngest daughter of Austrian astronomer Theodor von Oppolzer (1841–1886), professor of astronomy in Vienna.[2]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 228 Agathe" (2015-06-18 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (228) Agathe. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 35. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_229. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.
  3. ^ Cooney, Walter R., Jr. (March 2005), "Lightcurve results for minor planets 228 Agathe, 297 Caecilia, 744 Aguntina 1062 Ljuba, 1605 Milankovitch, and 3125 Hay", The Minor Planet Bulletin, 32 (1): 15–16, Bibcode:2005MPBu...32...15C.

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