3703 Volkonskaya

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3703 Volkonskaya
Discovery [1]
Discovered by L. Chernykh, N. Chernykh
Discovery site CrAO (Nauchnyj)
Discovery date 9 August 1978
Designations
MPC designation 3703 Volkonskaya (1978 PU3)
Named after
Mariya Volkonskaya
1978 PU3; 1977 EK6
main-belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 22856 days (62.58 yr)
Aphelion 2.6442 AU (395.57 Gm)
Perihelion 2.0206 AU (302.28 Gm)
2.3324 AU (348.92 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.13370
3.56 yr (1301.1 d)
183.85°
0° 16m 36.084s / day
Inclination 6.7402°
172.94°
152.00°
Earth MOID 1.0099 AU (151.08 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.66729 AU (399.021 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.549
Physical characteristics
3.235 h (0.1348 d)
14.1

3703 Volkonskaya, provisionally designated 1978 PU3, is a main belt binary asteroid with an orbital period of 1,300 days (3.56 years). A moon was announced in 2005 orbiting the asteroid, with a diameter of 1.39 km and a separation of 7.8 km.[2]

The asteroid was discovered on August 9, 1978 and named for Mariya Nikolaevna Volkonskaya (1805–1865), a princess who voluntarily followed her husband, the Decembrist Sergey Volkonsky, to exile in Siberia.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 3703 Volkonskaya (1978 PU3)" (2015-03-17 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Robert. "(3703) Volonskaya". johnstonsarchive.net. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Minor Planet – (3703) Volkonskaya". Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2007. p. 312. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 

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