256 Walpurga

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256 Walpurga
Discovery
Discovered by Johann Palisa
Discovery date April 3, 1886
Designations
Named after
Saint Walpurga
1951 VJ
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 480.317 Gm (3.211 AU)
Perihelion 416.624 Gm (2.785 AU)
448.47 Gm (2.998 AU)
Eccentricity 0.071
1895.843 d (5.19 a)
17.2 km/s
271.717°
Inclination 13.322°
183.115°
50.003°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 63.0 km
16.64[1] h
9.8

256 Walpurga is a large Main belt asteroid. It was discovered by Johann Palisa on April 3, 1886 in Vienna and was named after Saint Walburga.

Photometric observations at the Oakley Observatory in Terre Haute, Indiana during 2007 were used to build a light curve for this asteroid. The asteroid displayed a rotation period of 16.64 ± 0.02 hours and a brightness variation of 0.38 ± 0.02 in magnitude.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shipley, Heath et al. (September 2008), "Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Palmer Divide Observatory: September 2007", Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 35 (3): 99–101, retrieved 2013-03-23. 

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