|Discovered by||K. Endate
|Discovery site||Kitami Observatory|
|Discovery date||15 October 1993|
|MPC designation||(46610) Bésixdouze|
|B612 (a fictitious minor planet in The Little Prince)|
|1993 TQ1 · 1986 RU7
|Orbital characteristics |
|Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||28.61 yr (10,448 days)|
|3.42 yr (1,249 days)|
|Dimensions||km (calculated with 20.25)|
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.
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.
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').
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- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (46610) Bésixdouze. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 895. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
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- Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB), query form (info)
- Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Google books
- Asteroids and comets rotation curves, CdR – Observatoire de Genève, Raoul Behrend
- Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets (45001)-(50000) – Minor Planet Center
- 46610 Bésixdouze at the JPL Small-Body Database
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