|Discovered by||C.T. Kowal|
|Discovery date||October 22, 1976|
|Alternative names||1976 UA|
|Minor planet category||Aten|
|Epoch January 1, 2007 (JD 2454101.5 )|
|Aphelion||1.224 AU, 183.054 Gm|
|Perihelion||0.464 AU, 69.443 Gm|
|Semi-major axis||0.844 AU, 126.248 Gm|
|Orbital period||0.775 a , 283.169 d|
|Average orbital speed||30.713 km/s|
|Longitude of ascending node||211.516°|
|Argument of perihelion||35.936°|
|Absolute magnitude (H)||19.2|
2340 Hathor is an asteroid that was discovered on October 22, 1976 by C.T. Kowal at Palomar. Like the other objects of Aten type, Hathor is named for an Egyptian deity. Known as a sky-goddess and the daughter of Ra, Hathor was also identified with Aphrodite. The name was proposed by E. Helin, who made an independent discovery of the object, and also made crucial recovery observations in 1981.
It approaches to within 30 Gm, or about 80 lunar distances, of Earth 17 times in the 21st century.
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