3908 Nyx

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3908 Nyx
3908 nyx-s02.jpg
Discovery
Discovered by Hans-Emil Schuster
Discovery date August 6, 1980
Designations
Named after
Nyx
1980 PA; 1988 XB1
Minor planet category Amor; Mars-crosser
Adjectives Nyctian
Orbital characteristics
Epoch June 14, 2006 (JD 2453900.5)
Aphelion 420.707 Gm (2.812 AU)
Perihelion 156.151 Gm (1.044 AU)
288.429 Gm (1.928 AU)
Eccentricity 0.459
977.843 d (2.68 a)
20.27 km/s
218.206°
Inclination 2.180°
261.560°
126.177°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 1.04 ± 0.16 km
Mass 1.0–8.4×1012 kg
Mean density
2.0? g/cm³
0.0003–0.0006 m/s²
0.0005–0.0011 km/s
4.42601 h
Albedo 0.23
Temperature ~200? K
Spectral type
V
17.3

3908 Nyx is an Amor and Mars-crosser asteroid. It was discovered by Hans-Emil Schuster on August 6, 1980, and is named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, after which Pluto's moon Nix is also named. It is 1–2 km in diameter and is a V-type asteroid, meaning that it may be a fragment of the asteroid 4 Vesta.

In 2000, radar observations conducted at the Arecibo and Goldstone observatories produced a model of Nyx's shape; the asteroid can best be described as spherical but with many protruding lumps.

To avoid confusion with 3908 Nyx, Pluto's moon Nix was changed from the initial proposal of the classical spelling Nyx, to Nix.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology. July 21, 2006. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-15.