|Discovered by||Dennis di Cicco|
|Discovery site||Sudbury Obs. (817)|
|Discovery date||19 February 1995|
|1995 DA · 1987 KS2|
|main-belt · (middle)|
|Orbital characteristics |
|Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||30.02 yr (10,963 days)|
|4.46 yr (1,627 days)|
|0° 13m 16.32s / day|
12.18 km (calculated)
|5.29616±0.00001 h h|
|13.2 · 13.3|
9983 Rickfienberg (prov. designation: 1995 DA) is a carbonaceous asteroid from the middle region of the asteroid belt, approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in diameter. It was discovered on 19 February 1995, by American astronomer Dennis di Cicco at his private Sudbury Observatory (817), Massachusetts, United States. It was named after American astronomer and or Richard Fienberg.
Rickfienberg is a non-family asteroid of the main belt's background population when applying the hierarchical clustering method to its proper orbital elements. The dark C-type asteroid orbits the Sun in the central main-belt at a distance of 2.4–3.0 AU once every 4 years and 5 months (1,627 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.12 and an inclination of 8° with respect to the ecliptic. The first observation was taken at the Australian Siding Spring Observatory in 1987, extending the asteroid's observation arc by 8 years prior to its discovery.
This minor planet was named for Richard Tresch Fienberg (born 1956) an American astronomer at Rice and Harvard universities, and a stargazer at his private observatory near Danbury, New Hampshire. He is also an or of the American amateur astronomer magazine Sky & Telescope, after which the minor planet 3243 Skytel is named. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 1 May 2003 (M.P.C. 48389).
During the asteroid's opposition in November 2011, a rotational lightcurve was obtained from photometric observations at Kitt Peak Observatory. It gave a well-defined rotation period of 5.2963 hours with a high brightness variation of 1.3 in magnitude (U=3), typically indicating a non-spheroidal shape. This period was also confirmed by remodeled data from the Lowell photometric database in March 2016.
According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Rickfienberg measures 7.4 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.17, while the Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes a standard albedo for carbonaceous asteroids of 0.057 and calculates a diameter of 12.2 kilometers, as the lower the body's albedo (reflectivity), the larger its diameter, at a constant absolute magnitude (brightness).