9903 Leonhardt

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9903 Leonhardt
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Orbit of 9903 Leonhardt (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Paul Comba
Discovery date July 4, 1997
Designations
MPC designation 9903 Leonhardt
Named after
Gustav Leonhardt
1997 NA1, 1976 UG6
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2008
Aphelion 3.8315705 AU
Perihelion 2.3249657 AU
3.0782681 AU
Eccentricity 0.245011
1972.6865113 d (5.40 a )
16.98698062 km/s
303.78867°
Inclination 1.68359°
196.24030°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~17.8 km[1]
~0.01
14.4

9903 Leonhardt is a main belt asteroid. It has an eccentricity of 0.245 and an orbital period of 5.40 years. Leonhardt has an average orbital speed of approximately 16.987 km/s and an inclination of 1.68°.[2]

It was discovered on July 4, 1997 by Paul Comba at the Prescott Observatory. Originally given the provisional designation "1997 NA1", it was renamed "Leonhardt" after Gustav Leonhardt, the eminent Dutch harpsichordist, conductor and pedagogue.[3] Also the asteroid (12637) Gustavleonhardt was named after Gustav Leonhardt.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedesco E.F., Noah P.V., Noah M., Price S.D. "The supplemental IRAS minor planet survey (SIMPS)". 
  2. ^ "9903 Leonhardt (1997 NA1)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  3. ^ MPC 34356 Minor Planet Center
  4. ^ http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=12637