2577 Litva

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Litva
Discovery and designation
Discovered by N. Chernykh
Discovery site Nauchnyj
Discovery date March 12, 1975
Designations
MPC designation 2577
1975 EE3
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 2.1672319
Perihelion 1.6412109
Eccentricity 0.1381197
959.7863644
281.46061
Inclination 22.90603
182.63857
284.03682
Physical characteristics
13.18

2577 Litva (1975 EE3) is a Mars-crossing asteroid discovered on March 12, 1975 by N. Chernykh at Nauchnyj. "Litva" means "Lithuania" in the Russian language. In 2009 a moon was discovered in orbiting the asteroid, with a size of 1.4 km, a distance of 21 km, and an orbital period of 1 day, 11 hours, and 53 minutes. in 2012, a second satellite orbiting at a distance of 378 kilometers with a diameter of 1.2 kilometers was discovered, with a rotation period of 214 days. The discovery was announced in late 2013. This made 2577 Litva the 11th asteroid discovered to be in a trinary system. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnston, Robert. "(2577) Litva, second component, and S/2012 (2577) 1". johnstonsarchive.net. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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