2644 Victor Jara

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2644 Victor Jara
Discovered by Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh
Discovery date September 22, 1973
Named after
Víctor Jara
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch JD 2 445 600,5
Aphelion 2.5285179 AU
Perihelion 1,8119613 AU
2.1701781 AU
Eccentricity 0,1651867
1167.7274389 d (3.20 a)
Inclination 2,6803761°°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 23 km
Albedo 0.15

2644 Victor Jara is a minor planet orbiting the Sun in the Solar System. Initially it received the designation 1973 SO2. The numerical designation indicates that it was the 2644 minor planet/asteroid discovered.

2644 Victor Jara was discovered by Soviet/Russian astronomer/astrophysicist Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh at the scientific town of Nauchnyj, Crimea, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union on September 22, 1973 .

Meaning of name[edit]

Chernykh named the asteroid in honor of the Chilean folk singer Victor Jara who was tortured and murdered shortly after the military coup of September 11, 1973 led by Army Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet, that ended the democratically elected government of the socialist Salvador Allende Gossens.

Victor Jara toured the Soviet Union in the 1960s and praised its culture, its scientific achievements and the friendliness of its working people.

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Solar System Dynamics (JPL/NASA)[edit]