7167 Laupheim

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Discovery[1] and designation
Discovered by Carolyn S. Shoemaker, Eugene Shoemaker
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date 12 October 1985
MPC designation 7167 Laupheim
Named after
1985 TD3; 1991 VR4
Main Belt
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch 4 November 2013 (JD 2456600.5)
Aphelion 3.7718 AU
Perihelion 2.5011 AU
3.1364 AU
Eccentricity 0.2026
5.555 a
16.82 km/s
Inclination 23.44°
Physical characteristics

7167 Laupheim[2] is a main-belt asteroid which was discovered in 1985 at the Palomar Observatory by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene Shoemaker.

After visiting the public observatory in Laupheim, southern Germany, in 1998, Carolyn Shoemaker was so impressed with the work done at this institution that 1985 TD3 was named Laupheim on 4 May 1999, in honor of Robert Clausen and his team.[3] Clausen founded an association of amateur astronomers in 1975 which organized traveling astronomical exhibitions and numerous international astrofests. Since 1990 Clausen and his coworkers have also been running a Zeiss planetarium and observatory.[4]


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