2829 Bobhope

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2829 Bobhope
Discovery [1]
Discovered byE. L. Johnson
Discovery siteJohannesburg Obs.
Discovery date9 August 1948
MPC designation(2829) Bobhope
Named after
Bob Hope
(American actor; comedian)[2]
1948 PK · 1942 JH
1952 DU2 · 1952 HR
1959 RV · 1972 YZ
main-belt · (outer)[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc68.64 yr (25,070 days)
Aphelion3.6742 AU
Perihelion2.5074 AU
3.0908 AU
5.43 yr (1,985 days)
0° 10m 53.04s / day
Physical characteristics
Dimensions32.14±9.31 km[5]
36.29±12.47 km[6]
38.00 km (derived)[3]
38.25±2.4 km[7]
40.89±0.87 km[8]
40.98±0.54 km[9]
41.361±0.224 km[10]
44.804±0.511 km[11]
5.013±0.003 h[12]
6.0888±0.0007 h[13]
0.0586 (derived)[3]
10.3[7][9][11] · 10.70[5][8] · 10.8[1][3] · 10.95±0.48[14] · 11.12[6]

2829 Bobhope, provisional designation 1948 PK, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 37 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 9 August 1948, by South African astronomer Ernest Leonard Johnson at Union Observatory in Johannesburg.[15] The asteroid was later named after comedian Bob Hope.[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Bobhope is a member of the Meliboea family,[4] a smaller asteroid family of carbonaceous outer-belt asteroids with a few hundred members, named after 137 Meliboea.[16]:23 It orbits the Sun in the outer main-belt at a distance of 2.5–3.7 AU once every 5 years and 5 months (1,985 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.19 and an inclination of 14° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] It was first observed as 1942 JH at the discovering observatory in May 1942, yet the astrometric data from this observation remained unused to extend its observation arc prior to the official discovery date.[15]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Bobhope has been characterized as a carbonaceous C-type asteroid,[3] which agrees with the overall spectral type of the Meliboea family.[16]:23

Rotation period[edit]

A rotational lightcurve of Bobhope was obtained from photometric observations by astronomer Landy Carbo at Oakley Southern Sky Observatory (E09), Australia, and at the U.S. Oakley Observatory in September 2008. It gave it a rotation period of 5.013±0.003 hours with a brightness variation of 0.46±0.08 magnitude (U=2).[12] A previously published lightcurve by French amateur astronomer Bernard Christophe gave a somewhat longer period of 6.0888±0.0007 hours with an amplitude of 0.50 (U=2).[13]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the surveys carried out by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite IRAS, the Japanese Akari satellite, and NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Bobhope measures between 32.14 and 40.98 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo between 0.05 and 0.0916.[5][6][7][8][9]

More dated NEOWISE publications gave a larger diameter of 41.361 and 44.8 kilometers, respectively.[10][11] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link derives an albedo of 0.0586 and a diameter of 38.0 kilometers with an absolute magnitude of 10.8.[3]


This minor planet was named for English-born, American comedian Bob Hope (1903–2003), star of innumerable feature film, theater, TV and radio productions, and known for the horror comedy Cat and the Canary (1939).[2]

He hosted the Academy Awards more than any other host, and received several Honorary and Special Oscars himself. Hope also received more than forty honorary doctorates.[2] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 1 September 1993 (M.P.C. 22496).[17]


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  12. ^ a b Carbo, Landy; Kragh, Katherine; Krotz, Jonathan; Meiers, Andrew; Shaffer, Nelson; Torno, Steven; et al. (July 2009). "Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Oakley Southern Sky Observatory and Oakley Observatory: 2008 September and October". The Minor Planet Bulletin. 36 (3): 91–94. Bibcode:2009MPBu...36...91C. ISSN 1052-8091. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  13. ^ a b Behrend, Raoul. "Asteroids and comets rotation curves – (2829) Bobhope". Geneva Observatory. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  14. ^ 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 27 October 2016.
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