1997 Leverrier

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1997 Leverrier
Discovery
Discovered by Indiana Asteroid Program
Discovery date September 14, 1963
Designations
Named after
Urbain Le Verrier
1940 SF; 1950 TS3;
1953 QB; 1963 RC;
1973 SX4; 1973 UF
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch June 14, 2006 (JD 2453900.5)
Aphelion 398.652 Gm (2.665 AU)
Perihelion 262.404 Gm (1.754 AU)
330.528 Gm (2.209 AU)
Eccentricity 0.206
1199.563 d(3.28 a)
19.82 km/s
2.866°
Inclination 6.066°
353.316°
0.691°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 6.8 km
Mass 3.3×1014? kg
Mean density
2.0? g/cm³
0.0019? m/s²
0.0036? km/s
? d
Albedo 0.10?
Temperature ~187 K
Spectral type
?
13.4

1997 Leverrier is a main belt asteroid. It was discovered by the Indiana Asteroid Program and was named after Urbain Le Verrier,[1] the French mathematician who, simultaneously with John Couch Adams, predicted the existence and position of the planet Neptune. The name was requested by British astronomer Brian G. Marsden.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz (2003), Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Physics and astronomy online library 1 (5th ed.), Springer, p. 162, ISBN 3540002383. 
  2. ^ Johnson, H. R. (January 1979), "Goethe Link Observatory, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. Report", Bulletin of the Astronomical Society 11: 141–144, Bibcode:1979BAAS...11..141J.