912 Maritima

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912 Maritima
Discovered by A. Schwassmann
Discovery date April 27, 1919
Main belt[1]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 2012-Mar-14
(JD 2456000.5)
Aphelion 3.6815 AU (Q)
Perihelion 2.5823 AU (q)
3.1319 AU (a)
Eccentricity 0.17547
5.54 yr
358.43° (M)
Inclination 18.348°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 83.2 ± 2 km (IRAS)[1]
1332 hr (55.5 d)[1][2]
Albedo 0.1115[1]
Spectral type
13.3 to 16.9

912 Maritima is an asteroid in the asteroid belt. Based on lightcurve studies observing Maritima over a three-month period, Maritima has a rotation period of 1332 hours.[1] Analysis reveals a possible synodic period of 1332±5 h.[2] Superslow rotators, those with periods longer than a few days, are generally small asteroids.[2] The current paradigm is that slowing of an asteroid's spin rate is the result of YORP radiation pressure, which acts on the target as the inverse square of its size and the inverse of its semi-major axis.[2] The rotation period is less than conclusive.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 912 Maritima (1919 FJ)" (2011-12-30 last obs). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Higgins, David; Martinez, Luis (2011). "Period Determination of Asteroid 912 Maritima". The Minor Planet Bulletin (ISSN 1052-8091) 38 (2): 78–79. Bibcode:2011MPBu...38...78H. 

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