1383 Limburgia

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1383 Limburgia
Discovery [1]
Discovered byH. van Gent
Discovery siteJohannesburg Obs.
(Leiden Southern Station)
Discovery date9 September 1934
MPC designation(1383) Limburgia
Named after
Limburg (Dutch province)[2]
1934 RV · 1929 UQ
1929 VJ · A923 PA
main-belt · (outer)[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc93.24 yr (34,057 days)
Aphelion3.6641 AU
Perihelion2.4903 AU
3.0772 AU
5.40 yr (1,972 days)
0° 10m 57.36s / day
Physical characteristics
Dimensions22.18 km (derived)[3]
22.84±6.23 km[4]
23.399±0.039 km[5]
24.29±0.16 km[6]
25.186±0.086 km[7]
26.66±0.27 km[8]
5 h[9]
0.0569 (derived)[3]
11.5[7] · 12.0[1][3][4][8] · 12.20±0.21[10] · 12.23[6]

1383 Limburgia, provisional designation 1934 RV, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 23 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 9 September 1934, by Dutch astronomer Hendrik van Gent at the Leiden Southern Station, annex to the Johannesburg Observatory in South Africa.[11] It is named for the Dutch province Limburg.[2]

Classification and orbit[edit]

Limburgia is a dark C-type asteroid. It orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.5–3.7 AU once every 5 years and 5 months (1,972 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.19 and an inclination of 0° with respect to the ecliptic, which means that it is coplanar with the orbit of Earth.[1] It was first identified as A923 PA at Heidelberg Observatory in 1923, extending the body's observation arc by 11 years prior to its official discovery observation at Johannesburg.[11]

Rotation period[edit]

In December 2010, a rotational light-curve of Limburgia was obtained from photometric observations taken by James Brinsfield at the Via Capote Observatory in California. It gave a rotation period of 5 hours with a brightness variation of 0.07 magnitude (U=n.a.).[9]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the surveys carried out by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Limburgia measures between 22.84 and 24.29 kilometers in diameter, and its surface has an albedo between 0.04 and 0.076,[4][5][6] whereas preliminary figures gave a larger diameter of 25.18 and 26.66 kilometers, respectively.[7][8] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link derives an albedo of 0.0569 and a diameter of 22.18 kilometers using an absolute magnitude of 12.0.[3]


This minor planet was named after the Dutch province Limburg, the southernmost of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands.[2] Naming was first cited in The Names of the Minor Planets by Paul Herget in 1955 (H 125).[2]


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  2. ^ a b c d Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(1383) Limburgia". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1383) Limburgia. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 112. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_1384. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "LCDB Data for (1383) Limburgia". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Nugent, C. R.; Mainzer, A.; Masiero, J.; Bauer, J.; Cutri, R. M.; Grav, T.; et al. (December 2015). "NEOWISE Reactivation Mission Year One: Preliminary Asteroid Diameters and Albedos". The Astrophysical Journal. 814 (2): 13. arXiv:1509.02522. Bibcode:2015ApJ...814..117N. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/814/2/117. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Grav, T.; Mainzer, A. K.; Nugent, C. R.; Bauer, J. M.; Stevenson, R.; et al. (August 2014). "Main-belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE: Near-infrared Albedos". The Astrophysical Journal. 791 (2): 11. arXiv:1406.6645. Bibcode:2014ApJ...791..121M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/121. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Nugent, C. R.; Mainzer, A.; Bauer, J.; Cutri, R. M.; Kramer, E. A.; Grav, T.; et al. (September 2016). "NEOWISE Reactivation Mission Year Two: Asteroid Diameters and Albedos". The Astronomical Journal. 152 (3): 12. arXiv:1606.08923. Bibcode:2016AJ....152...63N. doi:10.3847/0004-6256/152/3/63. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90.
  8. ^ a b c d Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Nugent, C.; et al. (November 2012). "Preliminary Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE 3-Band Cryogenic and Post-cryogenic Observations of Main Belt Asteroids". The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 759 (1): 5. arXiv:1209.5794. Bibcode:2012ApJ...759L...8M. doi:10.1088/2041-8205/759/1/L8. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b Brinsfield, James W. (July 2011). "Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Via Capote Observatory: 1st Quarter 2011". The Minor Planet Bulletin. 38 (3): 154–155. Bibcode:2011MPBu...38..154B. ISSN 1052-8091. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  10. ^ Veres, Peter; Jedicke, Robert; Fitzsimmons, Alan; Denneau, Larry; Granvik, Mikael; Bolin, Bryce; et al. (November 2015). "Absolute magnitudes and slope parameters for 250,000 asteroids observed by Pan-STARRS PS1 - Preliminary results". Icarus. 261: 34–47. arXiv:1506.00762. Bibcode:2015Icar..261...34V. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.08.007. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b "1383 Limburgia (1934 RV)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

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