Orbit of 371 Roxane
|Discovered by||Auguste Charlois|
|Discovery date||11 September 1891|
|Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||124.03 yr (45302 d)|
|Aphelion||2.4832 AU (371.48 Gm)|
|Perihelion||2.0901 AU (312.67 Gm)|
|2.2866 AU (342.07 Gm)|
|3.46 yr (1263.0 d)|
Average orbital speed
|0° 17m 6.18s / day|
|Earth MOID||1.07997 AU (161.561 Gm)|
|Jupiter MOID||2.77741 AU (415.495 Gm)|
|Jupiter Tisserand parameter||3.596|
|8.169 h (0.3404 d)|
317 Roxane is an asteroid from the asteroid belt approximately 19 km in diameter. It was discovered by Auguste Charlois from Nice on September 11, 1891. The name was chosen by F. Bidschof, an assistant at the Vienna Observatory, at Charlois's request; Bidschof chose to name it after Roxana, the wife of Alexander the Great, and at first used the spelling Roxana.
In 2008, a team identified Roxane as the closest known spectroscopic match for the Peña Blanca Spring meteorite that landed in a swimming pool in Texas in 1946. There is a possibility, therefore, that 317 Roxane is from the same parent object as this meteorite.
In 2009, a team using the Gemini-North adaptive optics telescope discovered a moon orbiting Roxane. The moon is provisionally named S/2009 (317) 1. It measures 5 km in diameter and orbits 245 km from Roxane, completing one orbit every 13 days.
- "317 Roxane". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p. 42
- Charlois, A.; Benennung von kleinen Planeten, Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 132, No. 3155, p. 175
- Fornasier, S. et al.; Visible and near infrared spectroscopic investigation of E-type asteroids, including 2867 Šteins, a target of the Rosetta mission, Icarus, Vol. 196, No. 1, p. 119-134
- Wm. Robert Johnson, "(317) Roxane and S/2009 (317) 1, Johnston's Archive. 11 Dec 2009. Accessed 1 Jan 2012.
- 317 Roxane at the JPL Small-Body Database
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