2044 Wirt

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Wirt
Discovery and designation
Discovered by C. A. Wirtanen
Discovery site Lick Observatory
Discovery date November 8, 1950
Designations
MPC designation 2044
Named after Carl A. Wirtanen
Alternative names 1950 VE
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 3.1981026
Perihelion 1.5656832
Eccentricity 0.3426727
Orbital period 1342.7086222
Mean anomaly 221.03980
Inclination 23.97192
Longitude of ascending node 53.71159
Argument of perihelion 50.36139
Known satellites 1[1]
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 7km
Geometric albedo 0.1907
Absolute magnitude (H) 13.30

2044 Wirt (1950 VE) is a Mars-crossing asteroid discovered on November 8, 1950 by C. A. Wirtanen at the Lick Observatory.

Satellite[edit]

Photometric observations in 2005 confirmed a 2 km satellite (diameter ratio of 0.25) with an orbital period of 18.97 hours.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electronic Telegram No. 353". IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 

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