63 Ausonia

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63 Ausonia
63Ausonia (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 63 Ausonia based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by Annibale de Gasparis
Discovery date February 10, 1861
Designations
 
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 403.452 Gm (2.697 AU)
Perihelion 313.198 Gm (2.094 AU)
358.325 Gm (2.395 AU)
Eccentricity 0.126
1354.023 d (3.71 a)
19.17 km/s
23.398°
Inclination 5.786°
337.911°
295.635°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 94.45 ± 7.15[1] km
Mass (1.53 ± 0.15) × 1018[1] kg
Mean density
3.46 ± 0.86[1] g/cm3
0.0288 m/s²
0.0545 km/s
Albedo 0.159 [2]
Temperature ~180 K
Spectral type
S
7.55

63 Ausonia (/ɔːˈsniə/ aw-SOH-nee-ə) is a large main belt asteroid. It was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on February 10, 1861 from the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples. The initial choice of name for the asteroid was "Italia", after Italy, but this was modified to Ausonia, an ancient classical name for the Italian region.[3]

Based on its lightcurve, a small moon has been suggested. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science 73: 98–118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009.  See Table 1.
  2. ^ Asteroid Data Sets
  3. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p.21.