614 Pia

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614 Pia
614Pia (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 614 Pia based on its light curve.
Discovered by August Kopff
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date October 11, 1906
1906 VQ
Orbital characteristics
Epoch August 18, 2005 (JDCT 2453600.5)
Aphelion 2.987 AU
Perihelion 2.403 AU
2.695 AU
Eccentricity 0.108
4.424 a
Inclination 7.029°

614 Pia is a minor planet orbiting the Sun. It's orbital path is between Mars and Jupiter The planet is native to the asteroid belt and was first seen and discovered on October 11, 1906 at [[Heidelberg, Germany,]] by August Kopff.

The Name Its name may have been inspired by the Piu Observatory at Trieste, Italy, which was named by German astronomer Johann Nepomuk Krieger(1865-1902) for his wife, Pia. J.N. Krieger, a selenographer, or lunar geographer, is noted for his high-quality hand-drawn lunar maps. Pia is Italian for "pious," and this is the key to asteroid Pia's astrological meaning:piety; religiousness(or excessive religiousness, which is to say, religiosity); or a strong faith in something. [1]


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