363 Padua

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363 Padua
Discovered by Auguste Charlois
Discovery date March 17, 1893
Named after
1893 S
Main belt (Lydia)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 30 January 2005 (JD 2453400.5)
Aphelion 441.068 Gm (2.948 AU)
Perihelion 380.897 Gm (2.546 AU)
410.982 Gm (2.747 AU)
Eccentricity 0.073
1663.172 d (4.55 a)
17.97 km/s
Inclination 5.951°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 35 - 75 km

363 Padua a main belt asteroid that was discovered by Auguste Charlois on March 17, 1893 in Nice. It was named after the city of Padova, near Venice, Italy.[3]

Richard P. Binzel and Schelte Bus further added to the knowledge about this asteroid in a lightwave survey published in 2003. This project was known as Small Main-belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey, Phase II or SMASSII, which built on a previous survey of the main-belt asteroids. The visible-wavelength (0.435-0.925 micrometre) spectra data was gathered between August 1993 and March 1999.[4]

Lightcurve data has also been recorded by observers at the Antelope Hill Observatory, which has been designated as an official observatory by the Minor Planet Center.[5]


  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "363 Padua", JPL Small-Body Database Browser (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  2. ^ Warner, Brian D. (December 2007), "Initial Results of a Dedicated H-G Project", Bulletin of the Minor Planets Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers 34: 113–119, Bibcode:2007MPBu...34..113W. 
  3. ^ Schmadel Lutz D. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (fifth edition), Springer, 2003. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ Bus, S., Binzel, R. P. Small Main-belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey, Phase II. EAR-A-I0028-4-SBN0001/SMASSII-V1.0. NASA Planetary Data System, 2003.
  5. ^ Lightcurve Results