466 Tisiphone

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Discovered by Max Wolf and Luigi Carnera
Discovery site Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory
Discovery date 1901-01-17
MPC designation 466 Tisiphone
Named after
1901 FX
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 2008-05-14 (JD 2454600.5)
Aphelion 3.645955198 ± 2.48e-08 AU
Perihelion 3.08387527 ± 2.4907e-07 AU
3.364915235 ± 2.2889e-08 AU
Eccentricity 0.083520666 ± 7.1805e-08
6.17 ±
6.298e-08 a
80.820978 ±
Inclination 19.170344 ±
291.169193 ± 2.0851e-05°
247.096396 ± 7.2272e-05°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 121 km[2]
8.824 ±
0.009 h[3]
Albedo 0.056[2]
Spectral type

466 Tisiphone is an asteroid which orbits among the Cybele family of asteroids.


It was discovered by Max Wolf and Luigi Carnera on January 17, 1901, and was assigned the provisional designation 1901 FX. It was named after Tisiphone of Greek mythology.

Physical properties[edit]

A number of positional observations of Tisiphone were carried out in 1907,[4][5] 1913,[6] and 1914.[7]

In 1992 a simple check of 466 Tisiphone's position was made by the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO). The asteroid was found to be in the expected position to within observational errors.[8] Further checks were carried out in 1996,[9] and 2006[10] with the asteroid in its expected position both times.

In 1997 Tisiphone was studied by Worman and Christianson at the Feder Observatory located near Minnesota State University, Moorhead, with the goal of determining its rotational period. A period of 8.824 ± 0.009 was arrived at, with the lightcurve data showing two distinct maxima and minima in its rotation.[3]

In 2001 Lagerkvist et al. published their results on a study of the Cybele asteroid family, which includes 466 Tisiphone. Relative photometric observations of Tisiphone were carried out in 1998 and 1999 using the 1.2 m telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory located at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany. They were able to confirm the 8.8 hour rotation period obtained by Worman and Christianson.[2]

In 2006 Fornasier et al. published polarimetric data for a number of asteroids, including 466 Tisiphone.[11]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b 466 Tisiphone at the JPL Small-Body Database
  2. ^ a b c d Lagerkvist, C.I. et al. (January 2001). "A Study of Cybele Asteroids I. Spin Properties of Ten Asteroids". Icarus 149 (1): 190–197. Bibcode:2001Icar..149..190L. doi:10.1006/icar.2000.6507. 
  3. ^ a b Worman, W.E.; Christianson, K. (January–March 1999). "CCD Photometry of 466 Tisiphone". The Minor Planet Bulletin 26 (2): 9–10. Bibcode:1999MPBu...26....9W. 
  4. ^ (German) Bauschinger, J.; Berberich, A.; Neugebauer, P. V. (1906). "Genäherte Oppositions-Ephemeriden von 38 kleinen Planeten für 1907 Januar bis 1907 August". Veröffentlichungen des Königlichen Astronomischen Rechen-Instituts zu Berlin 31: 1–14. Bibcode:1906VeKAB..31....1B. 
  5. ^ (German) Millosevich, Elia (December 1907). "Osservazioni di pianetini e comete". Astronomische Nachrichten 176 (22): 349–360. Bibcode:1907AN....176..349M. doi:10.1002/asna.19071762202. 
  6. ^ (German) "Mitteilungen über kleine Planeten". Astronomische Nachrichten 193 (17): 315–316. 1912. doi:10.1002/asna.19121931706. 
  7. ^ (German) Cohn, Fritz (December 1914). "Genäherte Beobachtungen Kleiner Planeten". Astronomische Nachrichten 199 (26): 381–388. Bibcode:1914AN....199..381C. doi:10.1002/asna.19141992603. 
  8. ^ Pilcher, F. (September 1993). "General Report of Position Observations by the ALPO Minor Planets Section for the Year 1992". The Minor Planet Bulletin 20: 23–28. Bibcode:1993MPBu...20...23P. 
  9. ^ Pilcher, F. (September 1997). "General Report of Position Observations by the ALPO Minor Planets Section for the Year 1996". The Minor Planet Bulletin 24: 18–30. Bibcode:1997MPBu...24...18P. 
  10. ^ Pilcher, F. (September 2007). "General Report of Position Observations by the ALPO Minor Planets Section for the Year 2006". The Minor Planet Bulletin 34 (3): 85–91. Bibcode:2007MPBu...34...85P.  (pdf)
  11. ^ Fornasier, S. et al. (August 2006). "Polarimetric survey of asteroids with the Asiago telescope". Astronomy and Astrophysics 455 (1): 371–377. arXiv:astro-ph/0604614. Bibcode:2006astro.ph..4614F. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20064836.