4947 Ninkasi

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Ninkasi
Discovery and designation
Discovered by C. S. Shoemaker
Discovery site Palomar
Discovery date October 12, 1988
Designations
MPC designation 4947
Named after
Ninkasi
1988 TJ1
Minor planet category Amor
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 1.600642072126253
Perihelion 1.139240295450682
Eccentricity .1684020387647589
585.6677493236969
56.72465833843842
Inclination 15.65038203686066
215.4988624078139
192.867020104817
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 670–1500 meters[1]
18.0[2]

4947 Ninkasi (1988 TJ1) is an Amor asteroid discovered on October 12, 1988 by C. S. Shoemaker at Palomar.

It was named after Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of wine and beer, who helped the god Lugalbanda rescue the tablets of fate from the demon Zu.[3]

With an absolute magnitude of 18.0,[2] the asteroid is about 670–1500 meters in diameter.[1] On 2031-Apr-20 the asteroid will pass 0.02917 AU (4,364,000 km; 2,712,000 mi) from Mars.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 391 Ingeborg 4947 Ninkasi (1988 TJ1)". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
  3. ^ Dictionary of minor planet names, by Lutz D. Schmadel.