2801 Huygens

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2801 Huygens
Discovery
Discovered by Hendrik van Gent
Discovery date September 28, 1935
Designations
Named after Christiaan Huygens
Alternative names 1935 SU1, 1968 UG,
1976 JP5, 1977 TT1,
1980 FF11, 1982 UZ
Minor planet category Main belt (Gefion family)
Orbital characteristics
Epoch November 26, 2005 (JD 2453700.5)
Aphelion 491.952 Gm (3.288 AU)
Perihelion 345.865 Gm (2.312 AU)
Semi-major axis 418.908 Gm (2.800 AU)
Eccentricity 0.174
Orbital period 1711.547 d (4.69 a)
Average orbital speed 17.66 km/s
Mean anomaly 6.899°
Inclination 9.564°
Longitude of ascending node 34.228°
Argument of perihelion 314.770°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions unknown
Mass unknown
Mean density unknown
Equatorial surface gravity unknown
Escape velocity unknown
Rotation period unknown
Albedo unknown
Temperature ~166 K (estimate)
Spectral type S-type asteroid
Absolute magnitude (H) 12.20

2801 Huygens is a small main belt asteroid, which was discovered by Hendrik van Gent in 1935. It belongs to the Gefion family of asteroids. It is named after Christiaan Huygens, the Dutch astronomer, mathematician and physicist.