9949 Brontosaurus

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9949 Brontosaurus
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Orbit of 9949 Brontosaurus (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by E. W. Elst
Discovery date September 22, 1990
Designations
MPC designation 9949 Brontosaurus
Named after
Apatosaurus
1990 SK6, 1978 GT1, 1985 DM1, 1992 BS
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.5011022 AU
Perihelion 2.2088124 AU
2.3549573 AU
Eccentricity 0.0620584
1319.9971092 d
60.26220°
Inclination 7.71049°
29.95483°
174.69144°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~17km[1]
~0.01
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
14.0

9949 Brontosaurus is a main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.61 years.[2]

Discovered on September 22, 1990 by E. W. Elst it was given the provisional designation "1990 SK6". It was later renamed "Brontosaurus" after Brontosaurus, a deprecated genus of dinosaur, now properly called Apatosaurus.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedesco E.F., Noah P.V., Noah M., Price S.D. "The supplemental IRAS minor planet survey (SIMPS)". 
  2. ^ "9949 Brontosaurus (1990 SK6)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. 
  3. ^ MPC 47166' Minor Planet Center