1449 Virtanen

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1449 Virtanen (provisional designation: 1938 DO) is a main belt asteroid with an orbital period of 1210.0044377 days (3.31 years).[1] It was discovered on February 20, 1938 by Yrjö Väisälä at Iso-Heikkilä Observatory in Turku, Finland. It is named after the Finnish chemist Artturi Ilmari Virtanen.[2]

Photometric observations during 2008 showed a rotation period of 30.459 ± 0.005 hours and a brightness variation of 0.60 ± 0.02 in magnitude.[3]


  1. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". NASA. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  2. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2006 - 2008.
  3. ^ Oey, Julian (October 2009), "Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids from Leura and Kingsgrove Observatory in the Second Half of 2008", Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 36 (4): 162–164, Bibcode:2009MPBu...36..162O