220 Stephania

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220 Stephania
220Stephania (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 220 Stephania based on its light curve.
Discovered by Johann Palisa
Discovery date May 19, 1881
Named after
Princess Stéphanie
1925 VE, 1931 FP,
1932 UA, 1943 WB,
1946 MA, 1950 TT4,
1961 WB
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 442.081 Gm (2.955 AU)
Perihelion 260.473 Gm (1.741 AU)
351.277 Gm (2.348 AU)
Eccentricity 0.258
1314.246 d (3.6 a)
19.44 km/s
Inclination 7.585°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 31.0 km
Mass unknown
Mean density
18.198 h
Albedo 0.073
Temperature unknown
Spectral type

220 Stephania is a Main belt asteroid. It is a P-type asteroid, meaning it is relatively dark and composed of organic rich silicates, carbon and anhydrous silicates.[citation needed]

It was discovered by Johann Palisa on May 19, 1881 in Vienna. It was the first discovery he made after transferring to the observatory from Pola.[1]

The name honours Crown Princess Stéphanie, wife of the heir-apparent Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. The couple was married the year the asteroid was discovered. It was the first time that a naming commemorated a wedding and was given as a wedding gift.[1]

Lightcurve data has also been recorded by observers at the Antelope Hill Observatory, which has been designated as an official observatory by the Minor Planet Center.[2]


  1. ^ a b Schmadel Lutz D. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (fifth edition), Springer, 2003. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.
  2. ^ Lightcurve Results

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