1859 Kovalevskaya is an asteroid discovered September 4, 1972 by L. V. Zhuravleva. It is an outer main belt asteroid with a diameter of 46.02 kilometers.
The asteroid was named in honor of Sofia Kovalevskaya, a Russian mathematician.
Zhuravleva is ranked 43 in Harvard's ranking of those who discovered minor planets. She discovered 200 such bodies, 13 of which were co-discoveries, between 1972 and 1992.
1859 Kovalevskaya (1972 RS2)
- absolute magnitude 10.20 mag
- diameter 46.02 km
- geometric albedo 0.0694