10979 Fristephenson

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10979 Fristephenson
Discovery
Discovered by van Houten, van Houten-Groeneveld & Gehrels
Discovery date September 29, 1973
Designations
4171 T-2; 4386 T-3
Minor planet category Sulamitis family 1
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 10, 2005 (JD 2453500.5)
Aphelion 397.864 Gm (2.660 AU)
Perihelion 337.358 Gm (2.255 AU)
367.611 Gm (2.457 AU)
Eccentricity 0.082
1406.997 d (3.85 a)
18.97 km/s
171.587°
Inclination 5.555°
138.497°
121.157°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 4? km
Mass 6.7×1013 kg
Mean density
2? g/cm³
0.0011 m/s²
0.0021 km/s
? d
Albedo 0.10?
Temperature ~178 K
Spectral type
?
15.1

10979 Fristephenson is a small main belt asteroid named for F. Richard Stephenson, a British astronomer with important contributions to the History of astronomy and Earth's rotation at the University of Durham.

It was discovered on September 29, 1973 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld at Leiden University, analysing photographs made by Tom Gehrels with the 48" Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". Retrieved 26 Sep 2012.