46610 Bésixdouze

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46610 Bésixdouze
Discovery [1]
Discovered by K. Endate
K. Watanabe
Discovery site Kitami Observatory
Discovery date 15 October 1993
MPC designation 46610 Bésixdouze
Named after
B612 (a fictitious minor planet in The Little Prince)[2]
1993 TQ1 · 1986 RU7
2000 VV32
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 28.61 yr (10,448 days)
Aphelion 2.6809 AU
Perihelion 1.8589 AU
2.2699 AU
Eccentricity 0.1810
3.42 yr (1,249 days)
Inclination 2.4051°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 2 km (calculated with 0.25)[3]

46610 Bésixdouze, provisional designation 1993 TQ1, is an asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, roughly 2 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 15 October 1993, by Japanese amateur astronomers Kin Endate and Kazuro Watanabe at the Kitami Observatory in eastern Hokkaidō, Japan.[4]

The asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.9–2.7 AU once every 3 years and 5 months (1,249 days). Its orbit shows an eccentricity of 0.18 and an inclination of 2 degrees from the plane of the ecliptic.[1]

The name was suggested by F. Hemery and Jiří Grygar as a reference to the French novella The Little Prince. The title character lived on an asteroid named B612, which is the number 46610 written in hexadecimal notation. Bésixdouze (French pronunciation: ​[be.sis.duːz]) is one way to pronounce B612 in French (lit. 'B six twelve').[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 46610 Besixdouze (1993 TQ1)" (2015-04-16 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved February 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (46610) Bésixdouze. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 895. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved February 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  4. ^ "46610 Besixdouze (1993 TQ1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved February 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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