4055 Magellan

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Magellan
4055 Magellan (at center) as seen from a ground-based observatory on 30 July 2010
Discovery and designation
Discovered by E. Helin
Discovery site Palomar
Discovery date February 24, 1985
Designations
MPC designation 4055
Named after
Ferdinand Magellan
1985 DO2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 2.414 AU
Perihelion 1.226 AU
Eccentricity 0.3263
896.991°
19.617°
Inclination 23.244°
164.906°
154.221°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 3.038 km
0.23
V
14.8

4055 Magellan (1985 DO2) is an Amor asteroid discovered on February 24, 1985, by E. Helin at Palomar. Based upon the spectrum, it is compositionally similar to 4 Vesta. It has a high albedo of 0.31.[1]

Photometric observations of this asteroid in 2010 show a rotation period of 7.488 ± 0.001 hours, with a brightness variation of 0.8 magnitude. The large variation suggests an elongated shape.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Garcia, Karen et al. (May 2011), "Rotationally Resolved Photometry of the V-type Near-Earth Asteroid 4055 Magellan (1985 DO2)", Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 43, Bibcode:2011AAS...21822403G. 

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