2644 Victor Jara

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2644 Victor Jara
Discovered by Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh
Discovery date 22 September 1973
Named after
Víctor Jara
Main belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 22976 days (62.90 yr)
Aphelion 2.5299623 AU (378.47697 Gm)
Perihelion 1.80984 AU (270.748 Gm)
2.1699021 AU (324.61273 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.16593
3.20 yr (1167.5 d)
0° 18m 30.06s / day
Inclination 2.68290°
Earth MOID 0.793697 AU (118.7354 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.65569 AU (397.286 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.670
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 23 km

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]