246 Asporina

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246 Asporina
Discovery
Discovered by A. Borrelly
Discovery date March 6, 1885
Designations
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 446.299 Gm (2.983 AU)
Perihelion 360.228 Gm (2.408 AU)
403.264 Gm (2.696 AU)
Eccentricity 0.107
1616.538 d (4.43 a)
18.14 km/s
318.054°
Inclination 15.645°
162.53°
95.238°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 60.0 km
16.222 h
Albedo 0.174
Spectral type
R
8.62

246 Asporina is a sizeable Main belt asteroid. It is classified as one of the few R-type asteroids.

It was discovered by A. Borrelly on March 6, 1885 in Marseilles and was named after Asporina, a goddess worshipped in Asia Minor.

The spectrum of 246 Asporina reveals the strong presence of the mineral Olivine, a relatively rarity in the asteroid belt.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burbine, T. H. et al. (July 2000), The Nature of Olivine Asteroids, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 35: A35, Bibcode:2000M&PSA..35R..35B. 

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