A three-dimensional model of 82 Alkmene based on its light curve.
|Discovered by||Karl Theodor Robert Luther|
|Discovery date||27 November 1864|
|Epoch 9 December 2014 (JD 2457000.5)|
Average orbital speed
|Dimensions||61±1.5 km (IRAS)|
|Mass||2.4×1017 kg (assumed)|
Alkmene (minor planet designation: 82 Alkmene) is a main-belt asteroid. Alkmene was discovered by R. Luther on 7 November 1864 and named after Alcmene, the mother of Herakles in Greek mythology. Based on IRAS data, Alkmene is estimated to be about 61 kilometres (38 mi) in diameter. A satellite has been suggested based on 1985 lightcurve data.
Asteroid Alkmene occulted the apparent magnitude 7.5 star HIP 99229 in the constellation of Capricornus on 18 September 2014 around 06:41 UT (17 September 23:41 PDT) and was centered on Sacramento, CA. Alkmene projected an eclipse shadow that moves at about 3.2 km/s (2 mi/s). Asteroid occultations allow for accurate 2-dimensional mapping of an asteroids silhouette when observed by multiple telescopes separated by about 10 km (6.2 mi).
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