4674 Pauling

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4674 Pauling is an inner main belt asteroid. It is a member of the Hungaria family.[1] It was discovered by Eleanor F. Helin on 2 May 1989 from Palomar Observatory. Pauling measures about 8 km[1] in diameter. It is named after the scientist Linus Pauling.

In 2004, a team of astronomers at the European Southern Observatory announced that Pauling is orbited by a small moon. The moon has received the provisional designation S/2004 (4674) 1. It is believed to measure 2.5 km[1] in diameter and to orbit Pauling at a distance of 250 km. The primary period of the system is measured by its lightcurve to be 2.5306 ± 0.0003 hours.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Warner, Brian D.; Pravec, Petr; Kusnirák, Peter; Foote, Cindy; Foote, Jerry; Galád, Adrián; Gajdos, Stefan; Kornos, Leos; Világi, Jozef; Higgins, David; Nudds, Shannon; Kugly, Yurij N.; Gaftonyuk, Ninel M. (June 2006). "Lightcurves analysis for Hungaria asteroids 3854 George, 4440 Tchantches and 4674 Pauling". The Minor Planet Bulletin (ISSN 1052-8091). Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 33 (2): 34–35. Bibcode:2006MPBu...33...34W. 

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