3908 Nyx

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3908 Nyx
3908 nyx-s02.jpg
Discovery
Discovered by Hans-Emil Schuster
Discovery date 6 August 1980
Designations
Named after
Nyx
1980 PA; 1988 XB1
Amor; Mars-crosser
Adjectives Nyctian
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 27 July 2005 (JD 2453578.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 13021 days (35.65 yr)
Aphelion 2.81198 AU (420.666 Gm)
Perihelion 1.04239 AU (155.939 Gm)
1.92719 AU (288.304 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.45911
2.68 yr (977.20 d)
20.27 km/s
99.7699°
0° 22m 6.236s / day
Inclination 2.17667°
261.688°
125.978°
Earth MOID 0.0563399 AU (8.42833 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.64372 AU (395.495 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.781
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 1.04 ± 0.16 km
Mean radius
0.5 ± 0.075 km
Mass 1.0–8.4×1012 kg
Mean density
2.0? g/cm³
Equatorial surface gravity
0.0003–0.0006 m/s²
Equatorial escape velocity
0.0005–0.0011 km/s
4.42601 h (0.184417 d)
0.23
Temperature ~200? K
V
17.3

3908 Nyx is an Amor and Mars-crosser asteroid. It was discovered by Hans-Emil Schuster on August 6, 1980, and is named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, after which Pluto's moon Nix is also named. It is 1–2 km in diameter and is a V-type asteroid, meaning that it may be a fragment of the asteroid 4 Vesta.

Observations[edit]

In 2000, radar observations conducted at the Arecibo and Goldstone observatories produced a model of Nyx's shape; the asteroid can best be described as spherical but with many protruding lumps.

Name[edit]

To avoid confusion with 3908 Nyx, Pluto's moon Nix was changed from the initial proposal of the classical spelling Nyx, to Nix.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3908 Nyx (1980 PA)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology. July 21, 2006. Archived from the original on 19 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-15. 

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