3063 Makhaon

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3063 Makhaon
Discovery[1] and designation
Discovered by Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina
Discovery date August 4, 1983
Designations
Named after
Machaon
1983 PV
Minor planet category Jupiter trojan
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch February 4, 2008 (JD 2454500.5)
Aphelion 821.244 Gm (5.490 AU)
Perihelion 731.094 Gm (4.887 AU)
776.169 Gm (5.188 AU)
Eccentricity 0.058
4316.626 d (11.82 a)
13.07 km/s
221.153°
Inclination 12.172°
287.871°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 116.1 km
Mass 1.6×1018 kg
Mean density
2.0 g/cm³
Equatorial surface gravity
0.0324 m/s²
Equatorial escape velocity
0.0614 km/s
0.10
Temperature ~122 K
8.6

3063 Makhaon is a Jupiter trojan asteroid that orbits in the L4 Lagrangian point of the Sun-Jupiter system, in the "Greek Camp" of trojan asteroids. It was named after the Greek hero Makhaon, who fought during the Trojan War. It was discovered by Lyudmila Georgievna Karachkina in Nauchnyj, Ukraine on August 4, 1983.[1]

Photometric observations of this asteroid during 2009 were used to build a light curve showing a rotation period of 8.6354 ± 0.0033 hours with a brightness variation of 0.06 ± 0.01 magnitude.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003) Dictionary of minor planet names, Springer - p.252
  2. ^ Mottola, Stefano; Di Martino, Mario; Erikson, Anders; Gonano-Beurer, Maria; Carbognani, Albino; Carsenty, Uri; Hahn, Gerhard; Schober, Hans-Josef; Lahulla, Felix; Delbò, Marco; Lagerkvist, Claes-Ingvar (May 2011). "Rotational Properties of Jupiter Trojans. I. Light Curves of 80 Objects". The Astronomical Journal 141 (5): 170. Bibcode:2011AJ....141..170M. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/141/5/170.  edit

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