512 Taurinensis

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512 Taurinensis
512Taurinensis (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 512 Taurinensis based on its light curve.
Discovered by Max Wolf
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date June 23, 1903
1903 LV
Orbital characteristics
Epoch August 18, 2005 (JD 2453600.5)
Aphelion 2.746 AU
Perihelion 1.632 AU
2.189 AU
Eccentricity 0.254
3.239 a
Inclination 8.751°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 23 km[1]

512 Taurinensis is a 23 km diameter Mars-crossing minor planet.[1] It is an S-type asteroid, with a rotation period of 5.59 hours.[2] Other larger Mars crossing minor planets include 132 Aethra (43km), 323 Brucia (36km), and 2204 Lyyli (25km).

In 1982, the asteroid was observed using photometry from the La Silla Observatory to generate a composite light curve. The resulting data showed a rotation period of 0.2326 days (5.58 h) with a brightness variation of 0.2 in magnitude.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 512 Taurinensis (1903 LV)". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
  2. ^ Piironen, J. et al. (March 1998), "Physical studies of asteroids. XXXII. Rotation periods and UBVRI-colours for selected asteroids", Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement 128: 525–540, Bibcode:1998A&AS..128..525P, doi:10.1051/aas:1998393. 
  3. ^ Lagerkvist, C.-I.; Kamel, L. (December 1982), "Physical studies of asteroids. X - Photoelectric light curves of the asteroids 219 and 512", Moon and the Planets 27: 463–466, Bibcode:1982M&P....27..463L, doi:10.1007/BF00929999. 

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