562 Salome

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562 Salome
Discovered by M. F. Wolf
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date 3 April 1905
MPC designation (562) Salome
1905 QH
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 111.00 yr (40542 d)
Aphelion 3.3215 AU (496.89 Gm)
Perihelion 2.7152 AU (406.19 Gm)
3.0183 AU (451.53 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.10043
5.24 yr (1915.3 d)
0° 11m 16.656s / day
Inclination 11.104°
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
15.335±0.9 km
6.351 h (0.2646 d)

562 Salome is a minor planet orbiting the Sun that was discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf on 3 April 1905 from Heidelberg. It is named after Salome, the daughter of Herodias who is referenced in the New Testament.[2]

This is a member of the dynamic Eos family of asteroids that most likely formed as the result of a collisional breakup of a parent body.[3]


  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "562 Salome", JPL Small-Body Database Browser, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ In light of Wolf's propensity at the time to name asteroids after female characters in opera, it is possible that he may have had in mind the rendition of Salome in Richard Strauss's eponymous opera, which premiered in Dresden the year of discovery.
  3. ^ Veeder, G. J.; et al. (March 1995), "Eos, Koronis, and Maria family asteroids: Infrared (JHK) photometry", Icarus, 114, pp. 186–196, Bibcode:1995Icar..114..186V, CiteSeerX accessible, doi:10.1006/icar.1995.1053. 

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