241 Germania

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241 Germania
Discovery
Discovered by Robert Luther
Discovery date September 12, 1884
Designations
Named after Germany
Alternative names 1953 US, 1953 VK1
Minor planet category Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 500.732 Gm (3.347 AU)
Perihelion 413.267 Gm (2.763 AU)
Semi-major axis 456.999 Gm (3.055 AU)
Eccentricity 0.096
Orbital period 1950.184 d (5.34 a)
Average orbital speed 17.04 km/s
Mean anomaly 224.416°
Inclination 5.506°
Longitude of ascending node 270.638°
Argument of perihelion 77.676°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 178.60 ± 7.84[1] km
Mass (0.86 ± 5.00) × 1018[1] kg
Mean density 0.28 ± 1.67[1] g/cm3
Rotation period 15.51 h
Albedo 0.058
Spectral type C
Absolute magnitude (H) 7.58

241 Germania is a very large main-belt asteroid. It is classified as a C-type asteroid and is probably composed of dark, privitive carbonaceous material.

It was discovered by Robert Luther on September 12, 1884 in Düsseldorf.

Germania is the Latin name for Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science 73: 98-118, arXiv:1203.4336, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009.  See Table 1.

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