3551 Verenia

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3551 Verenia
Discovery[1]
Discovered by R. Scott Dunbar
Discovery date September 12, 1983
Designations
MPC designation 1983 RD
MPO 337280
Mars crosser, Amor II
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch November 26, 2005 (JD 2453700.5)
Aphelion 465.631 Gm (3.113 AU)
Perihelion 160.364 Gm (1.072 AU)
312.998 Gm (2.092 AU)
Eccentricity 0.488
1105.407 d (3.026 a)
19.306 km/s
116.894°
Inclination 9.513°
173.938°
193.129°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 0.9 km[2]
4.93 h[2]
Albedo 0.37[2]
Temperature K
Spectral type
V[2]
16.75[2]

3551 Verenia (or 1983 RD) is an Amor asteroid and a Mars crosser discovered September 12, 1983 by R. Scott Dunbar. Although Verenia passed within 40 Gm of the Earth in the 20th century, it will never do so in the 21st. In 2028 it will come within 0.025 AU of Ceres.[3]

3551 Verenia was named for the first vestal virgin consecrated by the legendary Roman king Numa Pompilius.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "(3551) Verenia = 1983 RD". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 3551 Verenia (1983 RD)" (2010-08-07 last obs). Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  3. ^ "JPL Close-Approach Data: 3551 Verenia (1983 RD)" (2010-08-07 last obs). Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  4. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p. 298