A three-dimensional model of 62 Erato based on its light curve.
|Discovered by||Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Julius Foerster|
|Discovery date||September 14, 1860|
|Minor planet category||Main belt|
|Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)|
|Aphelion||550.315 Gm (3.679 AU)|
|Perihelion||383.868 Gm (2.566 AU)|
|467.092 Gm (3.122 AU)|
|2015.178 d (5.52 a)|
Average orbital speed
|5.675 ± 0.001 h|
Erato is the first asteroid to have been credited with co-discoverers, Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Forster, who discovered it on September 14, 1860 from the Berlin Observatory. It was their first and only asteroid discovery. The name was chosen by Johann Franz Encke, director of the observatory, and refers to Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry in Greek mythology.
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