26858 Misterrogers

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26858 Misterrogers
Discovery [1]
Discovered by E. F. Helin
Discovery site Palomar Obs.
Discovery date 21 March 1993
Designations
MPC designation 26858 Misterrogers[2]
Named after
Fred Rogers
(U.S. TV-personality)[3]
1993 FR · 1952 SU
2000 EK107
Mars-crosser[1][4]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 25.37 yr (9,267 days)
Aphelion 3.1466 AU
Perihelion 1.5373 AU
2.3420 AU
Eccentricity 0.3435
3.58 yr (1,309 days)
195.17°
Inclination 21.900°
203.82°
247.43°
Earth MOID 0.6672 AU
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 8.07±0.17 km[5]
8.18 km (calculated)[4]
8.066±0.007 h[a]
0.208±0.010[5]
0.20 (assumed)[4]
S[4]
12.8[1]

26858 Misterrogers /ˌmɪstər ˈrɒərz/ is a Mars crossing asteroid named after children's television host Fred Rogers.[6] Rogers, who had a lifelong fascination with the sky and astronomy—he obtained a pilot's license while still in high school[citation needed]—also produced with the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh a planetarium show called The Sky above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which is still shown at many planetariums across the United States.[citation needed]

The International Astronomical Union citation reads as follows:

"Fred McFeely Rogers (1928–2003) was a tireless and passionate advocate for children who taught that everyone is unique and deserving of love and respect 'just the way you are'. For more than 30 years he used his public television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a vehicle of service to the youngest members of the human family."

The naming was proposed, and citation prepared, by John G. Radzilowicz, Director of the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skiff (2011) web: rotation period 8.066±0.007 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.13 mag. LCDB's Quality Code is 3. Summary figures at Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL) for (26858) Misterrogers
  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 26858 Misterrogers (1993 FR)" (2015-10-08 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved February 2016. 
  2. ^ "26858 Misterrogers (1993 FR)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved February 2016. 
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names –. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "LCDB Data for (26858) Misterrogers". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Usui, Fumihiko; Kuroda, Daisuke; Müller, Thomas G.; Hasegawa, Sunao; Ishiguro, Masateru; Ootsubo, Takafumi; et al. (October 2011). "Asteroid Catalog Using Akari: AKARI/IRC Mid-Infrared Asteroid Survey". Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 63 (5): 1117–1138. Bibcode:2011PASJ...63.1117U. doi:10.1093/pasj/63.5.1117. Retrieved February 2016. 
  6. ^ http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=26858
  7. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/45068/mister-rogers-the-asteroid

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