2697 Albina

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2697 Albina
Discovery [1]
Discovered byB. Burnasheva
Discovery siteCrimean Astrophysical Obs.
Discovery date9 October 1969
MPC designation(2697) Albina
Named after
Albina Serova (astronomer)[2]
1969 TC3 · 1929 TB
1936 TL · 1938 BE
1939 DE · 1942 RV
1949 SC1 · 1950 YA
1952 DU1 · 1968 OT
1972 BJ · 1975 QR
1975 RG · 1979 FK2
1983 VR1
main-belt · (outer)[1]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc87.30 yr (31,887 days)
Aphelion3.8438 AU
Perihelion3.2798 AU
3.5618 AU
6.72 yr (2,455 days)
0° 8m 47.76s / day
Physical characteristics
Dimensions51.36 km (derived)[3]
51.54±1.4 km (IRAS:16)[4]
52.74±0.93 km[5]
9.6 h[6]
16.5871±0.0165 h[7]
0.0385 (derived)[3]
0.0553±0.003 (IRAS:16)[4]
X[8] · C[3]
10.6[1][3] · 10.2[4][5] · 10.96±0.25[8] · 10.367±0.002 (R)[7]

2697 Albina, provisional designation 1969 TC3, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 52 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 9 October 1969, by Russian astronomer Bella Burnasheva at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Nauchnyj, on the Crimean peninsula. The asteroid was later named after Russian astronomer Albina Serova.[9]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Albina orbits the Sun in the outer main-belt at a distance of 3.3–3.8 AU once every 6 years and 9 months (2,455 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.08 and an inclination of 4° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

The asteroid was first identified as 1929 TB at Lowell Observatory in 1929. It first used observation was taken at Uccle Observatory in 1936, extending the body's observation arc by 33 years prior to its official discovery at Nauchnyj.[9]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Albina has been characterized as a X-type asteroid by Pan-STARRS' photometric survey.[8] It has also been dark described as a carbonaceous C-type asteroid in the Lightcurve Data Base.[3]

Rotation period[edit]

A rotational lightcurve of Albina was obtained from photometric observations made at the U.S. Palomar Transient Factory in October 2010. The lightcurve gave a rotation period of 16.5871±0.0165 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.16 in magnitude (U=2),[7] and supersedes a previous period of 9.6 hours from a fragmentary lightcurve, obtained by French astronomer Laurent Bernasconi in March 2006 (U=1).[6]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the space-based surveys carried out by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) and the Japanese Akari satellite, Albina has an albedo of 0.055 and 0.053, with a corresponding diameter of 51.5 and 52.7 kilometers, respectively.[4][5] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link derives a lower albedo of 0.039 and a diameter of 51.4 kilometers.[3]


This minor planet was named after Russian astronomer from Moscow, Albina Serova, who is a friend of the discoverer.[2] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 18 September 1986 (M.P.C. 11156).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2697 Albina (1969 TC3)" (2017-01-27 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2697) Albina". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2697) Albina. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 220. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2698. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "LCDB Data for (2697) Albina". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Tedesco, E. F.; Noah, P. V.; Noah, M.; Price, S. D. (October 2004). "IRAS Minor Planet Survey V6.0". NASA Planetary Data System. 12: IRAS-A-FPA-3-RDR-IMPS-V6.0. Bibcode:2004PDSS...12.....T. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d 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 7 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b Behrend, Raoul. "Asteroids and comets rotation curves – (2697) Albina". Geneva Observatory. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Waszczak, Adam; Chang, Chan-Kao; Ofek, Eran O.; Laher, Russ; Masci, Frank; Levitan, David; et al. (September 2015). "Asteroid Light Curves from the Palomar Transient Factory Survey: Rotation Periods and Phase Functions from Sparse Photometry". The Astronomical Journal. 150 (3): 35. arXiv:1504.04041. Bibcode:2015AJ....150...75W. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/75. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Veres, Peter; Jedicke, Robert; Fitzsimmons, Alan; Denneau, Larry; Granvik, Mikael; Bolin, Bryce; et al. (November 2015). "Absolute magnitudes and slope parameters for 250,000 asteroids observed by Pan-STARRS PS1 - Preliminary results". Icarus. 261: 34–47. arXiv:1506.00762. Bibcode:2015Icar..261...34V. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.08.007. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b "2697 Albina (1969 TC3)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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