152 Atala is a large main belt asteroid that was discovered by brothers Paul Henry and Prosper Henry on November 2, 1875, but the discovery was credited to Paul. It is a type D asteroid, meaning that it is composed of carbon, organic rich silicates and possibly water ice.
The asteroid is named for the eponymous heroine of the 1801
novella by Atala François-René de Chateaubriand. The Henry brothers also named the last of their discoveries, [7 ] 186 Celuta, after another Chateaubriand heroine. Both Atala and Céluta are [8 ] American Indian fictional characters. [9 ]
occultation of a star by Atala was observed from Japan on March 11, 1994. Subsequent occultations have been observed as recently as 2006.
Photometric of this asteroid made in 1981 gave a light curve with a period of 5.282 ± 0.004 hours with a brightness variation of 0.50 in magnitude. [10 ]
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^ Hardard's Numbered MPs
^ Yeomans, Donald K., "152 Atala", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) , retrieved 2013-03-30.
^ Ďurech, Josef; Kaasalainen, Mikko; Herald, David; Dunham, David; Timerson, Brad; Hanuš, Josef; Frappa, Eric; Talbot, John; Hayamizu, Tsutomu; Warner, Brian D.; Pilcher, Frederick; Galád, Adrián (2011). "Combining asteroid models derived by lightcurve inversion with asteroidal occultation silhouettes". Icarus 214 (2): 652–670. arXiv: 1104.4227. Bibcode: 2011Icar..214..652D. doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2011.03.016.
^ Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science 73: 98–118, arXiv: 1203.4336, Bibcode: 2012P&SS...73...98C, doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009. See Table 1.
^ SPIFF LCSUMPUB
^ Schmadel, Lutz D.; International Astronomical Union (2003). . Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 29. Dictionary of minor planet names ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3 . Retrieved 9 September 2011.
^ Schmadel, Lutz D.; International Astronomical Union (2012). (6 ed.). Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 29. Dictionary of minor planet names ISBN 9783642297182 . Retrieved 4 April 2014.
^ Chateaubriand, François-René (1801). Atala. ; Chateaubriand, François-René (1802). René.
^ Schober, H. J. (July 1983), "The large C-type asteroids 146 Lucina and 410 Chloris, and the small S-type asteroids 152 Atala and 631 Philippina - Rotation periods and lightcurves", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series 53: 71–75, Bibcode: 1983A&AS...53...71S.
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