Lightcurve-based 3D-model of Erato
|Discovered by||Oskar Lesser|
Wilhelm Julius Foerster
|Discovery date||14 September 1860|
|MPC designation||(62) Erato|
|main-belt · (middle)|
|Epoch 31 December 2006 (JD 2454100.5)|
|Aphelion||550.315 Gm (3.679 AU)|
|Perihelion||383.868 Gm (2.566 AU)|
|467.092 Gm (3.122 AU)|
|2015.178 d (5.52 a)|
|5.675±0.001 h or 9.2213±0.0007 h|
Erato (// ERR-ə-toh; minor planet designation: 62 Erato) is a carbonaceous Themistian asteroid from the outer region of the asteroid belt, approximately 95 kilometers (59 miles) in diameter. Photometric measurements during 2004–2005 showed a rotation period of 9.2213±0.0007 h with an amplitude of 0.116±0.005 in magnitude.
Erato is the first asteroid to have been credited with co-discoverers, Oskar Lesser and Wilhelm Forster, who discovered it on 14 September 1860, from the Berlin Observatory. It was their first and only asteroid discovery. The name was chosen by Johann Franz Encke, director of the observatory, and refers to Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry in Greek mythology. It has also been classified as an Eoan asteroid.
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