2244 Tesla

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2244 Tesla
Discovery [1]
Discovered by M. B. Protić
Discovery site Belgrade Obs.
Discovery date 22 October 1952
Designations
MPC designation (2244) Tesla
Named after
Nikola Tesla
(Serbian inventor)[2]
1952 UW1 · 1938 UE1
1938 WE · 1949 AA
1966 UB · 1976 YR3
1980 SV · 1980 TJ15
main-belt · (middle)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 63.79 yr (23,300 days)
Aphelion 3.3184 AU
Perihelion 2.3025 AU
2.8104 AU
Eccentricity 0.1807
4.71 yr (1,721 days)
218.35°
0° 12m 33.12s / day
Inclination 7.8231°
106.49°
297.81°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 24.377±0.030 km[3]
29 km[4]
0.050±0.003[3]
SMASS = C[1]
11.9[1]

2244 Tesla, provisional designation 1952 UW1, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the middle region of the asteroid belt, approximately 25 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 22 October 1952, by Serbian astronomer Milorad Protić at the Belgrade Observatory, then Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia, now Serbia.[5] It is named after the inventor Nikola Tesla.[2]

Orbit[edit]

Tesla orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.3–3.3 AU once every 4 years and 9 months (1,721 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.18 and an inclination of 8° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] It was first identified as 1938 UE1 at Turku Observatory in 1938, extending the body's observation arc by 14 years prior to its official discovery at Belgrade.[5]

Physical characteristics[edit]

In the SMASS taxonomy, Tesla is a dark C-type asteroid. According to the survey carried out by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Tesla measures 24.37 kilometers in diameter and its surface has a low albedo of 0.050, in correspondence with its carbonaceous composition.[3] As of 2017, Tesla's rotation period and shape remains unknown.[6]

Naming[edit]

This minor planet was named in memory of Serbian-American physicist, electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla (1856–1943). He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system and radio electro-communications. The lunar crater Tesla is also named in his honor.[2] Naming citation was published on 7 March 1985 (M.P.C. 9477).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2244 Tesla (1952 UW1)" (2016-08-07 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2244) Tesla. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 183. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Grav, T.; Mainzer, A. K.; Nugent, C. R.; Bauer, J. M.; Stevenson, R.; et al. (August 2014). "Main-belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE: Near-infrared Albedos". The Astrophysical Journal. 791 (2): 11. Bibcode:2014ApJ...791..121M. arXiv:1406.6645Freely accessible. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/121. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  4. ^ OCCULTATION BY (2244) TESLA – 2008 Aug 16 Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "2244 Tesla (1952 UW1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "LCDB Data for (2244) Tesla". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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