9997 COBE

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9997 COBE
AnimatedOrbitOf9997COBE.gif
Orbit of 9997 COBE (blue), planets (red) and the Sun (black). The outermost planet visible is Jupiter.
Discovery[1] and designation
Discovered by C.J. van Houten, I. van Houten-Groeneveld & T. Gehrels
Discovery date March 25, 1971
Designations
Named after
Cosmic Background Explorer
1217 T-1, 1969 UJ, 1989 SW11, 1991 EZ3
Orbital characteristics
Epoch October 27, 2007
Aphelion 2.8355877 AU
Perihelion 2.2551011 AU
2.5453444 AU
Eccentricity 0.1140291
1483.2632897 d
108.60988°
Inclination 2.46241°
335.59647°
90.30224°
Physical characteristics
Surface temp. min mean max
Kelvin
Celsius
13.7

9997 COBE is a main belt asteroid. It orbits the Sun once every 4.06 years.

Discovered on March 25, 1971 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld in archival data produced by T. Gehrels, it was given the provision designation 1217 T-1. It was later renamed 9997 COBE in honor of the Cosmic Background Explorer.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 9997 COBE (1217 T-1) JPL Small-Body Database Browser
  2. ^ MPC 41571 Minor Planet Center