188 Menippe

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188 Menippe
188Menippe (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 188 Menippe based on its light curve.
Discovered by C. H. F. Peters, 1878
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Aphelion 3.252 AU
Perihelion 2.268 AU
2.760 AU
Eccentricity 0.178
4.59 years
Inclination 11.73°
Physical characteristics
11.974 hours
Albedo 0.243
Spectral type

188 Menippe is a main belt asteroid. The object has a bright surface and rocky composition. It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on June 18, 1878 in Clinton, New York and named after Menippe, one of the daughters of Orion in Greek mythology.

Photometric observations during 2010 showed a synodic rotation period of 11.98 ± 0.02 hours and a brightness variation of 0.28 ± 0.02 in magnitude. Because the rotation period is close to twelve hours, observations were needed at two widely-separated observatories in order to build a light curve for the complete rotation.[1]


  1. ^ Warner, Brian D.; Higgins, David (October 2010), "Lightcurve Analysis of 188 Menippe", The Minor Planet Bulletin 37 (4): 143–144, Bibcode:2010MPBu...37..143W.