9950 ESA

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9950 ESA
AnimatedOrbitOf9950ESA.gif
Orbit of 9950 ESA (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by C. Pollas
Discovery date November 9, 1990
Designations
MPC designation 9950 ESA
Named after
European Space Agency
1990 VB
Orbital characteristics
Epoch April 10, 2007
Aphelion 3.734449710583923 AU
Perihelion 1.1464316053054 AU
2.44044065794466 AU
Eccentricity 0.530235819677367
1392.517957817594 d
115.4631593994319°
Inclination 14.5866769353459°
253.9410210583546°
103.0856599593794°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~3km[1]
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
16.2

9950 ESA is an Amor asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.81 years.[2]

Discovered on November 8, 1990 by C. Pollas it was given the provisional designation "1990 VB". It was later renamed "ESA" after the European Space Agency.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, A. W.; Zappalá, V.; Zappalá (June 1991). "Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: May-July". The Minor Planet Bulletin, Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Assoc iation of Lunar and Planetary Observers 18: 20. Bibcode:1991MPBu...18...20H. 
  2. ^ "9950 ESA (1990 VB)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. 
  3. ^ MPC 55720 Minor Planet Center