3281 Maupertuis

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Maupertuis
Discovery
Discovered by Y. Vaisala
Discovery site Turku
Discovery date 24 February 1938
Designations
MPC designation (3281) Maupertuis
Named after
Pierre Louis Maupertuis
1938 DZ
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 31007 days (84.89 yr)
Aphelion 2.5791091 AU (385.82923 Gm)
Perihelion 2.1207196 AU (317.25514 Gm)
2.349914 AU (351.5421 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.0975332
3.60 yr (1315.8 d)
161.81494°
0° 16m 24.983s / day
Inclination 5.993010°
348.48080°
240.80135°
Earth MOID 1.11811 AU (167.267 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.42187 AU (362.307 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.545
Physical characteristics
6.7295 h (0.28040 d)
12.9

3281 Maupertuis (1938 DZ) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on 24 February 1938 by Y. Vaisala at Turku. The crater was named for the French mathematician and astronomer Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698 – 1759).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3281 Maupertuis (1938 DZ)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D.; International Astronomical Union (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names. Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 273. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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