4923 Clarke

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4923 Clarke
4923 Clarke (orbit).gif
Discovery
Discovered by Schelte J. Bus
Discovery date 2 March 1981
Designations
MPC designation (4923) Clarke
Named after
Arthur C. Clarke
1981 EO27
Main belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 15630 days (42.79 yr)
Aphelion 2.5769535 AU (385.50676 Gm)
Perihelion 1.7130659 AU (256.27101 Gm)
2.1450097 AU (320.88888 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.2013715
3.14 yr (1147.5 d)
0.31368764 degree/d
296.59370°
0° 18m 49.439s / day
Inclination 6.675685°
188.51060°
108.64215°
Earth MOID 0.710431 AU (106.2790 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.64727 AU (396.026 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.675
Physical characteristics
3.1787 h (0.13245 d)
S
14.3

4923 Clarke is an asteroid. It was discovered on March 2, 1981, by Schelte J. Bus who also discovered 5020 Asimov on the same day. It orbits within the main asteroid belt.

The asteroid is named after the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the postscript to his novel 3001: The Final Odyssey, Clarke jokingly expresses disappointment that he did not receive asteroid 2001 as his namesake, instead it was named for Albert Einstein.

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