6980 Kyusakamoto

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6980 Kyusakamoto
Discovery[1] and designation
Discovered by K. Endate, K. Watanabe
Discovery date September 16, 1993
Designations
Named after
Kyu Sakamoto
1979 WH7; 1988 RU13; 1993 SV1
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 443.508 Gm (2.965 AU)
Perihelion 404.348 Gm (2.703 AU)
423.928 Gm (2.834 AU)
Eccentricity 0.046
1742.400 d (4.77 a)
17.68 km/s
342.695°
Inclination 3.293°
97.517°
205.476°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ? km
Mass ?×10? kg
Mean density
? g/cm³
Equatorial surface gravity
? m/s²
Equatorial escape velocity
? km/s
? d
?
?
0.10?
Temperature ~165 K
?
12.2

6980 Kyusakamoto is an asteroid discovered and named by the two Japanese astronomers Kin Endate and Kazuo Watanabe in 1993. Named in memory of the Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, this planet also symbolizes the famous trio of which Kyu Sakamoto was a member, with songwriter Rokusuke Ei and pianist Hachidai Nakamura: in Japanese, Roku is 6, Kyu 9 and Hachi 8. Name proposed by the discoverers following a suggestion by T. Sato, A. Fujii and Y. Katagiri.

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