66 Maja

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66 Maja
Discovery
Discovered by Horace Parnell Tuttle
Discovery date April 9, 1861
Designations
Named after
Maia
 
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 464.253 Gm (3.103 AU)
Perihelion 327.082 Gm (2.186 AU)
395.668 Gm (2.645 AU)
Eccentricity 0.173
1571.107 d (4.30 a)
18.18 km/s
69.159°
Inclination 3.047°
7.665°
43.718°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 71.8 km[1]
Mass 3.9×1017 kg (assumed)
Mean density
? g/cm³
0.0203 m/s²
0.0385 km/s
9.735 hr[1]
Albedo 0.060[1][2]
Temperature ~171 K
Spectral type
C[1]
9.36[1]

66 Maja /ˈm.ə/ is a dark, quite large main-belt asteroid. It was discovered by Horace Tuttle on April 9, 1861, and named after Maia, one of the Pleiades in Greek mythology.

Maja has been studied by radar.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 66 Maja". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2012-01-04 last obs. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ Asteroid Data Sets
  3. ^ "Radar-Detected Asteroids and Comets". NASA/JPL Asteroid Radar Research. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 

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