80 Sappho

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80 Sappho
80Sappho (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 80 Sappho based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by Norman Robert Pogson
Discovery date May 2, 1864
Designations
Named after
Sappho
 
Main belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 412.343 Gm (2.756 AU)
Perihelion 274.831 Gm (1.837 AU)
343.587 Gm (2.297 AU)
Eccentricity 0.200
1271.350 d (3.48 a)
19.46 km/s
262.909°
Inclination 8.664°
218.819°
139.111°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 78.4 km
Mass 5.0×1017 kg
0.0219 m/s²
0.0414 km/s
? d
Albedo 0.185 [2]
Temperature ~184 K
Spectral type
S
7.98

80 Sappho (/ˈsæf/ SAF-oh) is a large main-belt asteroid. It was discovered by Norman Pogson on May 2, 1864, and is named after Sappho, the Greek poet.

13-cm radar observations of this asteroid from the Arecibo Observatory between 1980 and 1985 were used to produce a diameter estimate of 83 km.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "80 Sappho", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ Asteroid Data Sets
  3. ^ Ostro, S. J. et al. (August 1985), "Mainbelt asteroids - Dual-polarization radar observations", Science 229 (4712): 442–446, Bibcode:1985Sci...229..442O, doi:10.1126/science.229.4712.442, PMID 17738665.