18880 Toddblumberg

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Discovered by Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team
Discovery site Socorro
Discovery date 10 December 1999
MPC designation 18880
1999 XM166
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 22629 days (61.95 yr)
Aphelion 3.7986922 AU (568.27626 Gm)
Perihelion 2.6133454 AU (390.95091 Gm)
3.206019 AU (479.6136 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.1848627
5.74 yr (2096.8 d)
0° 10m 18.098s / day
Inclination 9.653651°
Earth MOID 1.62689 AU (243.379 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 1.67345 AU (250.345 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.144
Physical characteristics

18880 Toddblumberg (1999 XM166) is a main-belt asteroid, which means it is a type of minor planet located roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. This asteroid was discovered on December 10, 1999 by the Lincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research Team (LINEAR) at Socorro, New Mexico.

Although discovered by LINEAR, 18880 Toddblumberg is not a near-Earth asteroid. Its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) is about double the maximum distance of 1.3 AU that qualifies an asteroid as "near-Earth".[2]

This asteroid was named for Todd James Blumberg (b. 1984), a student at the Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas who won a science award for his microbiology project in 2003.[1][3] Since 2001, hundreds of secondary school students who have won awards at science fairs have had asteroids named after them.[4][5]

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