9938 Kretlow

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9938 Kretlow
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Orbit of 9938 Kretlow (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by W. Landgraf
Discovery date May 18, 1988
Designations
MPC designation 9938 Kretlow
1988 KA, 1982 VE2, 1985 QL
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.5460669 AU
Perihelion 1.7334961 AU
2.1397815 AU
Eccentricity 0.1898724
1143.2799024 d
53.48047°
Inclination 3.80361°
86.17411°
222.71735°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~13.5 km[1]
~0.01
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
13.8

9938 Kretlow is a main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.13 years.[2]

Discovered on May 18, 1988 by W. Landgraf at the European Southern Observatory, it was given the provisional designation "1988 KA". It was later named "Kretlow" after Mike Kretlow, a student at the University of Siegen who studied comets and a longtime friend of the discoverer of 9938 Kretlow.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedesco E.F., Noah P.V., Noah M., Price S.D. "The supplemental IRAS minor planet survey (SIMPS)". 
  2. ^ "9938 Kretlow (1988 KA)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. ^ MPC 42359 Minor Planet Center