2815 Soma

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2815 Soma
Discovery [1]
Discovered by E. Bowell
Discovery site Anderson Mesa Station
Discovery date 15 September 1982
Designations
MPC designation 2815 Soma
Named after
Soma cube[2]
1982 RL · 1955 MH
1970 AC · 1974 DL
1979 XB1
main-belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 60.41 yr (22065 days)
Aphelion 2.6113 AU (390.64 Gm)
Perihelion 1.8545 AU (277.43 Gm)
2.2329 AU (334.04 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.16947
3.34 yr (1218.7 d)
351.20°
0° 17m 43.404s / day
Inclination 5.7047°
119.88°
237.56°
Known satellites 1[3]
Earth MOID 0.855352 AU (127.9588 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.8225 AU (422.24 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.615
Physical characteristics
2.73325 h (0.113885 d)
12.6

2815 Soma (1982 RL) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 15, 1982 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa Station in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.[1]

Soma is named after the Soma cube, a three-dimensional mathematical game invented by the Danish writer Piet Hein and popularized in articles by Martin Gardner.[2]

A moon was discovered around the asteroid in 2011 from lightcurve observations, with a diameter of 1.74 ± 0.14 km.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 2815 Soma (1982 RL)" (2015-07-14 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2815) Soma". Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2007. p. 231. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Johnston, Robert. "(2815) Soma". johnstonsarchive.net. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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