3281 Maupertuis

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Maupertuis
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Y. Vaisala
Discovery site Turku
Discovery date February 24, 1938
Designations
MPC designation 3281
Named after
Pierre Louis Maupertuis
1938 DZ
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 2.5807928
Perihelion 2.1174340
Eccentricity 0.0986242
1315.0867482
116.71204
Inclination 5.99761
348.64405
239.74374
Physical characteristics
12.7

3281 Maupertuis (1938 DZ) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on February 24, 1938 by Y. Vaisala at Turku. The crater was named for the French mathematician and astronomer Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698 – 1759).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D.; International Astronomical Union (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names. Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 273. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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