152188 Morricone

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152188 Morricone
Discovery [1]
Discovered byF. Mallia
A. Maury
Discovery siteCampo Catino Austral Obs.
Discovery date27 August 2005
MPC designation(152188) Morricone
Named after
Ennio Morricone[2]
(Italian composer)
2005 QP51
main-belt · (middle)
background[3] · Eunomia[4]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc14.79 yr (5,403 days)
Aphelion3.0205 AU
Perihelion2.0937 AU
2.5571 AU
4.09 yr (1,494 days)
0° 14m 27.6s / day
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
2.3 km (est. at 0.20)[5]
4.2 km (est. at 0.06)[5]
15.6[2] · 15.7[1]

152188 Morricone, provisional designation 2005 QP51, is a background asteroid from the central region of the asteroid belt, approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) in diameter. It was discovered on 27 August 2005, by astronomers Franco Mallia and Alain Maury at the Campo Catino Austral Observatory (CAO), San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, a robotic station of the Italian Campo Catino Astronomical Observatory. The asteroid was named for Italian composer Ennio Morricone.[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

When applying the hierarchical clustering method to the asteroid's proper orbital elements, Morricone is both a non-family asteroid from the main belt's background population (accroding to Nesvorný),[3] and a distant member of the Eunomia family (according to Milani and Knežević).[4] It orbits the Sun in the central asteroid belt at a distance of 2.1–3.0 AU once every 4 years and 1 month (1,494 days; semi-major axis of 2.56 AU). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.18 and an inclination of 15° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

The body's observation arc begins with its observation by AMOS at Haleakala Observatory in August 2001, or four years prior to its official discovery observation by CAO at San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.[2]

Physical characteristics[edit]

The asteroid's spectral type is unknown.[1]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

Morricone has not been observed by any of the space-based surveys such as the Infrared Astronomical Satellite IRAS, the Japanese Akari satellite or the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Based on a generic magnitude-to-diameter conversion, the asteroid measures 2.3 and 4.2 kilometers in diameter based on an absolute magnitude of 15.6 and a geometric albedo of 0.06 and 0.20, which roughly correspond to a body of carbonaceous and stony composition, respectively (both types are common in the central asteroid belt).[2][5]

Rotation period[edit]

As of 2018, no rotational lightcurve of Morricone has been obtained from photometric observations. The body's rotation period, shape and poles remain unknown.[1][6]


This minor planet was named after Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928), who has written over 500 scores for cinema and television including several famous Spaghetti Western. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 1 June 2007 (M.P.C. 59925).[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 152188 Morricone (2005 QP51)" (2016-06-08 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "152188 Morricone (2005 QP51)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Asteroid 152188 Morricone – Proper Elements". AstDyS-2, Asteroids – Dynamic Site. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Asteroid Size Estimator". CNEOS NASA/JPL. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ "LCDB Data for (152188) Morricone". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

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