2059 Baboquivari

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2059 Baboquivari
Discovery [1]
Discovered by Indiana University
(Indiana Asteroid Program)
Discovery site Goethe Link Obs.
Discovery date 16 October 1963
MPC designation (2059) Baboquivari
Named after
Baboquivari Mountains[2]
1963 UA
Amor, NEO
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 52.48 yr (19169 days)
Aphelion 4.0477 AU (605.53 Gm)
Perihelion 1.2460 AU (186.40 Gm)
2.6469 AU (395.97 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.52924
4.31 yr (1572.9 d)
0° 13m 43.968s / day
Inclination 11.031°
Earth MOID 0.252182 AU (37.7259 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 1.39917 AU (209.313 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.154
Physical characteristics

2059 Baboquivari, provisional designation 1963 UA, is an Amor asteroid, a type of Near-Earth asteroid (NEA). It is one of the lowest numbered NEAs as it was already discovered on October 16, 1963, at Goethe Link Observatory near Brooklyn, Indiana, United States by the Indiana Asteroid Program. It became a lost asteroid until 1976 when it was recovered by the Steward Observatory's 90-inch Bok Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory located in the Sonoran Desert of the U.S. state of Arizona.[3]

The very eccentric asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.25–4.05 AU once every 4.31 years (1,573 days). Its orbit is inclined by 11 degrees to the ecliptic. The asteroid's Earth minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) is 0.25 AU. It approached the Earth at that distance on October 20, 1963. Its closest approach to Jupiter was on April 20, 1970, at a distance of about 1.4 AU.[1][3]

The asteroid was named after the main-peak of the Baboquivari Mountains, a sacred location in the mythology of the Papago Indian Tribe. The Observatories of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) are located on the Baboquivari land, just a few kilometers south of Kitt Peak.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2059 Baboquivari (1963 UA)" (2014-06-21 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2059) Baboquivari. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 167. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "(2059) Baboquivari = 1963 UA". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

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