8441 Lapponica

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8441 Lapponica
Discovery[1]
Discovered by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date October 16, 1977
Designations
MPC designation 8441
Named after
Bar-tailed Godwit
4008 T-3
Minor planet category Main belt [2]
Orbital characteristics[3]
Epoch November 30, 2008
Aphelion 2.492 AU
Perihelion 1.8883 AU
2.19018 AU
Eccentricity 0.137825
1183.91 days (3.24 years)
55.828°
Inclination 4.994°
97.996°
86.682°
Physical characteristics
3.275 ± 0.001 hours [4]
13.6 [5]

8441 Lapponica (4008 T-3) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 16, 1977 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory.[1] Named for the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) a migratory bird of the family Scolopacidae.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets (5001)-(10000)". IAU: Minor Planet Center. Retrieved January 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ "8441 Lapponica (4008 T-3)". JPL Small-Body Database. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "(8441) Lapponica". AstDyS. University of Pisa. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Maurice Clark (2008). "Asteroid Lightcurve Observations". The Minor Planet Bulletin 35 (4): 152–154. Bibcode:2008MPBu...35..152C. 
  5. ^ Tholen (2007). "Asteroid Absolute Magnitudes". EAR-A-5-DDR-ASTERMAG-V11.0. Planetary Data System. Retrieved January 23, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Schmadel, Lutz (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names (fifth ed.). Germany: Springer. p. 650. ISBN 3-540-00238-3. Retrieved January 23, 2009.