9962 Pfau

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9962 Pfau
AnimatedOrbitOf9962Pfau.gif
Orbit of 9962 Pfau (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery and designation
Discovered by F. Borngen
Discovery date December 28, 1991
Designations
MPC designation 9962 Pfau
1991 YL1, 1996 FJ3, 1996 HN26
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.7171403 AU
Perihelion 2.0499971 AU
2.3835687 AU
Eccentricity 0.1399463
1344.1258675 d
64.90894°
Inclination 0.79066°
312.93406°
200.17947°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions ~19.5 km[1]
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
14.6

9962 Pfau is a main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 3.68 years.[2]

Discovered on December 28, 1991 by F. Borngen, it was given the provisional designation "1991 YL1". It was later renamed "Pfau" after Werner Pfau, a former director of the Jena University Observatory and former chairman of the Astronomische Gesellschaft.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tedesco E.F., Noah P.V., Noah M., Price S.D. "The supplemental IRAS minor planet survey (SIMPS)". 
  2. ^ "9962 Pfau (1991 YL1)". JPL Small-Body Database Browser. 
  3. ^ MPC 41937 Minor Planet Center