372 Palma

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372 Palma
372Palma (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 372 Palma based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by Auguste Charlois
Discovery date August 19, 1893
Designations
Pronunciation /ˈpɑːlmə/
Named after
Palma
1893 AH
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 594.05 Gm (3.971 AU)
Perihelion 346.768 Gm (2.318 AU)
470.409 Gm (3.144 AU)
Eccentricity 0.263
2036.644 d (5.58 a)
16.8 km/s
253.584°
Inclination 23.866°
327.47°
116.087°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 191.12 ± 2.68[1] km
Mass (5.15 ± 0.64) × 1018[1] kg
Mean density
1.40 ± 0.18[1] g/cm3
7.2

372 Palma is one of the largest main-belt asteroids.

It was discovered by Auguste Charlois on August 19, 1893, in Nice. It is thought to be named for the capital city of Majorca, an island in the Balearics (Spain), which are located south of France. It is one of seven of Charlois's discoveries that was expressly named by the Astromomisches Rechen-Institut (Astronomical Calculation Institute).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science 73: 98–118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009.  See Table 1.
  2. ^ Schmadel Lutz D. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (fifth edition), Springer, 2003. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.

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