24105 Broughton

24105 Broughton
Discovery [1]
Discovered byC. W. Juels
Discovery siteFountain Hills Obs.
Discovery date9 November 1999
(24105) Broughton
Named after
John Broughton
(Australian astronomer)[2]
1999 VE10 · 1997 BV6
main-belt[1][3] · (inner)
Orbital characteristics[3]
Epoch 23 March 2018 (JD 2458200.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc20.97 yr (7,659 d)
Aphelion2.4364 AU
Perihelion2.2457 AU
2.3410 AU
3.58 yr (1,308 d)
0° 16m 30.72s / day
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
3.65 km (calculated)[6]
15.9442±0.0250 h[7]
0.24 (assumed)[6]
13.907±0.005 (R)[7]

24105 Broughton, provisional designation 1999 VE10, is a background asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 3.7 kilometers (2.3 miles) in diameter. The assumed S-type asteroid was discovered on 9 November 1999, by American amateur astronomer Charles W. Juels at the Fountain Hills Observatory (678) in Arizona, United States.[1] It has a rotation period of 15.9 hours and was named after Australian amateur astronomer John Broughton.[2][3]

Orbit and classification[]

Broughton is non-family asteroid from the main belt's background population,[4][5] located near the region occupied by the Flora family, one of the largest clans of stony asteroids.[3] It orbits the Sun in the inner asteroid belt at a distance of 2.2–2.4 AU once every 3 years and 7 months (1,308 days; semi-major axis of 2.34 AU). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.04 and an inclination of 7° with respect to the ecliptic.[3]

The asteroid was first observed as 1997 BV6 at the Japanese Tajimi Observatory (901) in January 1997, where its observation arc begins in the following month, about 2 years prior to the asteroid's official discovery observation at Fountain Hills.[1]


This minor planet was named in honor of Australian amateur astronomer John Broughton (born 1952), a prolific discoverer of minor planets who received a "Shoemaker NEO Grant" in 2002.[2] The approved naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 26 November 2004 (M.P.C. 53176).[8]

Physical characteristics[]


In October 2013, a rotational lightcurve of Broughton was obtained from photometric observations in the R-band by astronomers at the Palomar Transient Factory in California. Lightcurve analysis gave a rotation period of 15.9442 hours with a brightness variation of 0.34 magnitude (U=2).[7]

Diameter and albedo[]

The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes an albedo of 0.24 – derived from 8 Flora, the family's largest member and namesake – and calculates a diameter of 3.65 kilometers with an absolute magnitude of 14.36.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "24105 Broughton (1999 VE10)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). "(24105) Broughton [2.34, 0.04, 7.3]". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (24105) Broughton, Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 186. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-34361-5_2178. ISBN 978-3-540-34361-5.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 24105 Broughton (1999 VE10)" (2016-07-07 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Asteroid (24105) Broughton – Proper elements". AstDyS-2, Asteroids – Dynamic Site. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Asteroid 24105 Broughton". Small Bodies Data Ferret. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "LCDB Data for (24105) Broughton". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Waszczak, Adam; Chang, Chan-Kao; Ofek, Eran O.; Laher, Russ; Masci, Frank; Levitan, David; et al. (September 2015). "Asteroid Light Curves from the Palomar Transient Factory Survey: Rotation Periods and Phase Functions from Sparse Photometry". The Astronomical Journal. 150 (3): 35. arXiv:1504.04041. Bibcode:2015AJ....150...75W. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/75.
  8. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 31 July 2016.

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