1992 Galvarino

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1992 Galvarino
Discovery [1]
Discovered by C. Torres, S. Cofré
Discovery site Cerro El Roble Station
Discovery date 18 July 1968
MPC designation 1992 Galvarino
Named after
1968 OD
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 27 June 2015 (JD 2457200.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 47.18 yr (17,233 days)
Aphelion 3.1368 AU
Perihelion 2.8499 AU
2.9934 AU
Eccentricity 0.0479
5.18 yr (1,892 days)
Inclination 10.568°
Physical characteristics
7.004 h

1992 Galvarino, provisional designation 1968 OD, is an asteroid in the asteroid belt that was discovered by Chilean astronomers Carlos Torres and S. Cofre at the National Astronomical Observatory's Cerro El Roble Station on 18 July 1968.[3] The asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.8–3.1 AU about once every 5 years (1,892 days). It has a rotation period of 7 hours and its orbit has a low eccentricity of 0.048.[1]

The asteroid was named after the Mapuche warrior Galvarino, the heroic figure during the Arauco War, a long-running conflict between colonial Spaniards and the Mapuche people of the 16th century in what is now Chile. He was condemned by the Spanish soldiers to have his hands cut off and then to be freed as a living lesson to other Indians. Since his request for death was not granted, he promised revenge. He continued to fight the conquerors until recaptured and condemned to the gallows.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1992 Galvarino (1968 OD)" (2015-09-23 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1992) Galvarino. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 161. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved October 2015. 
  3. ^ "1992 Galvarino (1968 OD)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved October 2015. 

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