166 Rhodope

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166 Rhodope
166Rhodope (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 166 Rhodope based on its light curve.
Discovered by C. H. F. Peters
Discovery site Clinton, New York
Discovery date August 15, 1876
MPC designation 166
Named after
Main belt (Adeona)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch August 27, 2011
Aphelion 3.250 AU
Perihelion 2.123 AU
2.687 AU
Eccentricity 0.2097056
1609.078 d
4.41 a
Inclination 12.02339°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 54.564[2] km
4.715 h
Albedo 0.0747 ± 0.0160[2]
Spectral type
GC:[2] (Tholen)

166 Rhodope is a main belt asteroid, a member of the Adeona family of asteroids. It was discovered by the German-American astronomer Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters on August 15, 1876, in Clinton, New York, and named after Rhodope, the queen in Greek mythology who was turned into a mountain.

166 Rhodope was observed occulting the prominent star Regulus on October 19, 2005, from Vibo Valentia, Italy.[3]


  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "166 Rhodope", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pravec, P.; et al. (May 2012), "Absolute Magnitudes of Asteroids and a Revision of Asteroid Albedo Estimates from WISE Thermal Observations", Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2012, Proceedings of the conference held May 16–20, 2012 in Niigata, Japan (1667), Bibcode:2012LPICo1667.6089P.  See Table 4.
  3. ^ Sigismondi, Costantino; Troise, Davide (September 2008), "Asteroidal Occultation of Regulus: Differential Effect of Light Bending", Proceedings of the MG11 Meeting on General Relativity. Held 23–29 July 2006 in Berlin, Germany: 2594–2596, Bibcode:2008mgm..conf.2594S, doi:10.1142/9789812834300_0469.