240 Vanadis

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240 Vanadis
Discovery
Discovered by A. Borrelly
Discovery date August 27, 1884
Designations
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 3.214 AU (480.857 Gm)
Perihelion 2.114 AU (316.219 Gm)
2.664 AU (398.538 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.207
4.35 a (1588.204 d)
18.25 km/s
188.424°
Inclination 2.105°
115.225°
300.575°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 94.03 ± 5.37[1] km
Mass (1.10 ± 0.92) × 1018[1] kg
Mean density
2.53 ± 2.15[1] g/cm3
10.64 h
Albedo 0.041
Spectral type
C
9.0

240 Vanadis is a fairly large main-belt asteroid. It is very dark and is classified as a C-type asteroid, probably composed of primitive carbonaceous material.

It was discovered by A. Borrelly on August 27, 1884, in Marseilles and was named after Freyja (Vanadis), the Norse fertility goddess.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science 73: 98-118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009.  See Table 1.

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