208 Lacrimosa

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208 Lacrimosa
208Lacrimosa (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 208 Lacrimosa based on its light curve.
Discovered by Johann Palisa
Discovery date October 21, 1879
Named after
Our Lady of Sorrows
Main belt (Koronis)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 439.562 Gm (2.938 AU)
Perihelion 426.461 Gm (2.851 AU)
433.011 Gm (2.895 AU)
Eccentricity 0.015
1798.669 d (4.92 a)
17.51 km/s
Inclination 1.751°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 41.0 km
14.085 h
Albedo 0.27
Spectral type

208 Lacrimosa is a main-belt asteroid that was discovered by Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa on October 21, 1879, in Pola. The name derives from Our Lady of Sorrows, a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

10µ radiometric data collected from Kitt Peak in 1975 gave a diameter estimate of 42 km for this asteroid.[2] It is classified as an S-type asteroid and is one of the largest members of the Koronis asteroid family.[3] Hence it is probably a piece of the original asteroid that was shattered in an ancient impact that created the family.


  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "208 Lacrimosa", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ Morrison, D.; Chapman, C. R. (March 1976), "Radiometric diameters for an additional 22 asteroids", Astrophysical Journal 204, pp. 934–939, Bibcode:2008mgm..conf.2594S, doi:10.1142/9789812834300_0469. 
  3. ^ Moore, Patrick; Rees, Robin, eds. (2011), Patrick Moore's Data Book of Astronomy (2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 164–165. 

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