2436 Hatshepsut

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2436 Hatshepsut
Discovery [1]
Discovered byC. J. van Houten
I. van Houten-G.
T. Gehrels
Discovery sitePalomar Obs.
Discovery date24 September 1960
MPC designation(2436) Hatshepsut
Named after
(Egyptian pharaoh)[2]
6066 P-L · 1963 DL
1978 YA1
main-belt · outer[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc56.19 yr (20,525 days)
Aphelion3.4952 AU
Perihelion2.8672 AU
3.1812 AU
5.67 yr (2,072 days)
0° 10m 25.32s / day
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
8.9834 h[3]
C (assumed)[3]
12.2[1] · 12.67[3]

2436 Hatshepsut (/hætˈʃɛpsʊt/ hat-SHEP-soot), provisional designation 6066 P-L, is a Hygiean asteroid from the outer asteroid belt, approximately 19 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Cornelis van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory on 24 September 1960.[6] It was named for pharaoh Hatshepsut.[2]

Orbit and characterization[edit]

Hatshepsut is a member of the Hygiea family (601),[4] a very large family of carbonaceous outer-belt asteroids, named after the fourth-largest asteroid, 10 Hygiea.[7] It orbits the Sun in the outer main-belt at a distance of 2.9–3.5 AU once every 5 years and 8 months (2,072 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.10 and an inclination of 4° with respect to the ecliptic. Its orbit is only slightly eccentric and not much inclined to the ecliptic. The asteroid rotates around its axis every 9 hours.[1]

Survey designation[edit]

The survey designation "P-L" stands for Palomar–Leiden, named after Palomar Observatory and Leiden Observatory, which collaborated on the fruitful Palomar–Leiden survey in the 1960s. Gehrels used Palomar's Samuel Oschin telescope (also known as the 48-inch Schmidt Telescope), and shipped the photographic plates to Ingrid and Cornelis van Houten at Leiden Observatory where astrometry was carried out. The trio are credited with the discovery of several thousand asteroid discoveries.[8]


This minor planet named after the only female pharaoh to reign over ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut.[2] The approved naming citation was published on 22 September 1983 (M.P.C. 8153).[9]


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  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2436) Hatshepsut". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2436) Hatshepsut. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 199. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2437. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ a b c d "LCDB Data for (2436) Hatshepsut". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ "2436 Hatshepsut (6066 P-L)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ Nesvorný, D.; Broz, M.; Carruba, V. (December 2014). Identification and Dynamical Properties of Asteroid Families. Asteroids IV. pp. 297–321. arXiv:1502.01628. Bibcode:2015aste.book..297N. doi:10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816532131-ch016. ISBN 9780816532131.
  8. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers". Minor Planet Center. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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