1166 Sakuntala

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1166 Sakuntala [1]
Discovery
Discovered by Parchomenko, P.
Discovery date 27 June 1930
Designations
MPC designation (1166) Sakuntala
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 85.32 yr (31162 days)
Aphelion 3.0652666 AU (458.55736 Gm)
Perihelion 2.0054851 AU (300.01630 Gm)
2.5353759 AU (379.28684 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.2089989
4.04 yr (1474.6 d)
79.629323°
0° 14m 38.907s / day
Inclination 18.920418°
106.69423°
189.96691°
Earth MOID 0.991033 AU (148.2564 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.14362 AU (320.681 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.344
Physical characteristics
Dimensions diameter 28.74 km
Mean radius
14.37±0.45 km
6.29 h (0.262 d)
0.6460±0.040
10.3

1166 Sakuntala is a main belt asteroid orbiting the Sun. Approximately 29 kilometers in diameter, it makes a revolution around the Sun once every 4 years. It completes one rotation once every 6 hours. It was discovered by Praskovjya Georgievna Parchomenko on June 27, 1930. Its provisional designation was 1930 MA.[1]

During a perihelic opposition, when Sakuntala is only 1 AU from the Earth, it can get as bright as apparent magnitude 10.5, as it did on July 7, 2007 and did occur on June 30, 2011 when it will be at magnitude 10.7, being one of the latest discovered asteroids to become so bright to be seen on small telescopes.

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