1971 Hagihara

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1971 Hagihara
Discovery [1]
Discovered by Indiana University
(Indiana Asteroid Program)
Discovery site Goethe Link Obs.
Discovery date 14 September 1955
MPC designation (1971) Hagihara
Named after
Yusuke Hagihara
1955 RD1 · 1971 TZ2
main-belt · (outer)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 59.65 yr (21,787 days)
Aphelion 3.2473 AU
Perihelion 2.7363 AU
2.9918 AU
Eccentricity 0.0854
5.17 yr (1,890 days)
0° 11m 25.8s / day
Inclination 8.7001°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 12.289±0.156[1][3]
15±7 km (converted)[4]

1971 Hagihara, provisional designation 1955 RD1, is an asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 12 kilometers in diameter.

It was discovered on 14 September 1955, by the Indiana Asteroid Program at the Goethe Link Observatory near Brooklyn, Indiana, United States.[5] It was later named after Japanese astronomer Yusuke Hagihara.[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Hagihara orbits the Sun in the outer main-belt at a distance of 2.7–3.2 AU once every 5 years and 2 months (1,890 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.09 and an inclination of 9° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The asteroid's observation arc begins with its discovery observation at Goethe in September 1955.[5]

Physical characteristics[edit]

According to the survey carried out by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Hagihara measures 12.3 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.135, which is neither typical for stony nor for carbonaceous bodies.[1][3] As of 2017, the asteroid's composition and spectral type, as well as its rotation period and shape remain unknown.[6]


This minor planet was named in honour of Yusuke Hagihara (1897–1979) on the occasion of his 81st birthday. He was professor of astronomy at the University of Tokyo and director of the Tokyo Observatory. He also served as vice-president of the International Astronomical Union and was the president of its Commission VII.

Hagihara is best known for the discussion of stability problems in celestial mechanics and his theory of libratory motions, as well as for important contributions to the study of the velocity distribution of free electrons in planetary nebulae, and his important five-volume treatise on celestial mechanics.[2] Naming citation was published before November 1977 (M.P.C. 4419).[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1971 Hagihara (1955 RD1)" (2015-05-09 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1971) Hagihara. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 159. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "1971 Hagihara (1955 RD1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "LCDB Data for (1971) Hagihara". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 

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