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
Designations
MPC designation 46610 Besixdouze
Named after
B612 (a fictitious minor planet in The Little Prince)[2]
1993 TQ1 · 1986 RU7
2000 VV32
main-belt
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)
182.20°
Inclination 2.4051°
172.13°
211.90°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 2 km (calculated with 0.25)[3]
15.4[1]

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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References[edit]

  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. 
  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. 
  3. ^ "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  4. ^ "46610 Besixdouze (1993 TQ1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved February 2016. 

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