550 Senta

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550 Senta
550Senta (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 550 Senta based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by Max Wolf
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date 16 November 1904
Designations
1904 PL
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 115.33 yr (42124 d)
Aphelion 3.1653 AU (473.52 Gm)
Perihelion 2.0115 AU (300.92 Gm)
2.5884 AU (387.22 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.22287
4.16 yr (1521.1 d)
17.4133°
0° 14m 12.012s / day
Inclination 10.108°
270.702°
45.342°
Earth MOID 1.01125 AU (151.281 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 2.15027 AU (321.676 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.364
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
18.875±1.9 km
20.555 h (0.8565 d)[1][2]
0.2215±0.052
9.37

550 Senta is a minor planet orbiting the Sun that was discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf on November 16, 1904 from Heidelberg.

Photometric observations of this asteroid made at the Torino Observatory in Italy during 1990–1991 were used to determine a synodic rotation period of 20.555 ± 0.01 hours.[2]

In light of Max Wolf's propensity around the time of discovery to name asteroids after operatic heroines, it is likely that the asteroid is named after Senta, the heroine of Richard Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yeomans, Donald K., "550 Senta", JPL Small-Body Database Browser, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b di Martino, M.; et al. (February 1994), "Lightcurves and rotational periods of nine main belt asteroids", Icarus, 107 (2), pp. 269–275, Bibcode:1994Icar..107..269D, doi:10.1006/icar.1994.1022. 

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