650 Amalasuntha

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650 Amalasuntha
Discovery
Discovered by August Kopff
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date October 4, 1907
Designations
1907 AM
Orbital characteristics
Epoch August 18, 2005 (JDCT 2453600.5)
Aphelion 2.910 AU
Perihelion 2.009 AU
2.460 AU
Eccentricity 0.183
3.858 a
142.320°
Inclination 2.553°
215.627°
178.012°
Physical characteristics
16.582[1] h

650 Amalasuntha is a minor planet orbiting the Sun that was discovered by German astronomer August Kopff on October 4, 1907 at Heidelberg. Given a provisional designation of 1907 AM, it was named after Amalasuntha,[2] the queen of the Ostrogoths from 526 to 534 AD.

Photometric observations of this asteroid during 2007 at the Organ Mesa Observatory in Las Cruces, New Mexico were used to create a light curve plot. This showed a rotation period of 16.582 ± 0.001 hours and a brightness variation of 0.44 ± 0.03 magnitude during each cycle.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pilcher, Frederick (June 2008), "Period Determination for 84 Klio, 98 Ianthe, 102 Miriam 112 Iphigenia, 131 Vala, and 650 Amalasuntha", Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 35 (2): 71–72, Bibcode:2008MPBu...35...71P, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2012), Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Springer, p. 63, ISBN 3642297188. 

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