208 Lacrimosa

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208 Lacrimosa
208Lacrimosa (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 208 Lacrimosa based on its light curve.
Discovered by Johann Palisa
Discovery date October 21, 1879
Named after
Our Lady of Sorrows
Minor planet category Main belt (Koronis)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 439.562 Gm (2.938 AU)
Perihelion 426.461 Gm (2.851 AU)
433.011 Gm (2.895 AU)
Eccentricity 0.015
1798.669 d (4.92 a)
17.51 km/s
Inclination 1.751°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 41.0 km
14.085 h
Albedo 0.27
Spectral type

208 Lacrimosa is a main-belt asteroid that was discovered by Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa on October 21, 1879, in Pola. The name derives from Our Lady of Sorrows, a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

10µ radiometric data collected from Kitt Peak in 1975 gave a diameter estimate of 42 km for this asteroid.[2] It is classified as an S-type asteroid and is one of the largest members of the Koronis asteroid family.[3] Hence it is probably a piece of the original asteroid that was shattered in an ancient impact that created the family.


  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "208 Lacrimosa", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ Morrison, D.; Chapman, C. R. (March 1976), "Radiometric diameters for an additional 22 asteroids", Astrophysical Journal 204: 934–939, Bibcode:2008mgm..conf.2594S, doi:10.1142/9789812834300_0469. 
  3. ^ Moore, Patrick; Rees, Robin, eds. (2011), Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy (2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 164–165. 

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