6460 Bassano

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6460 Bassano
Discovery [1]
Discovered by U. Quadri
L. Strabla
Discovery site Bassano Bresciano Obs.
Discovery date 26 October 1992
MPC designation (6460) Bassano
Named after
Bassano Bresciano
(Italian village)[2]
1992 UK6 · 1985 TR2
1989 YM6
main-belt · Flora[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 16 February 2017 (JD 2457800.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 31.06 yr (11,345 days)
Aphelion 2.4971 AU
Perihelion 2.0183 AU
2.2577 AU
Eccentricity 0.1060
3.39 yr (1,239 days)
0° 17m 25.8s / day
Inclination 3.2272°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 4.252±0.108 km[4][5]
4.94 km (calculated)[3]
2.9131±0.0034 h[6]
2.9145±0.0034 h[3]
0.24 (assumed)[3]
13.5[4] · 13.576±0.002 (R)[6] · 13.7[1][3] · 14.291±0.003 (S)[6]

6460 Bassano, provisional designation 1992 UK6, is a stony Flora asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 4.5 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 26 October 1992, by Italian amateur astronomers Ulisse Quadri and Luca Strabla at the Bassano Bresciano Observatory in northern Italy.[7]

The S-type asteroid is a member of the Flora family, one of the largest groups of stony asteroids in the main-belt. It orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.0–2.5 AU once every 3 years and 5 months (1,239 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.11 and an inclination of 3° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The first precovery was obtained at the French Caussols Observatory in 1985, extending the asteroid's observation arc by 7 years prior to its discovery.[7]

Two rotational light-curve of this asteroid were obtained from photometric observations at the U.S. Palomar Transient Factory in August 2012. The light-curves rendered a rotation period of 2.9145±0.0034 and 2.9131±0.0034 hours with a brightness variation of 0.38 and 0.29 in magnitude, respectively (U=2/2).[6]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's space-based Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the asteroid measures 4.3 kilometers in diameter and its surface has a high albedo of 0.39.[4][5] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes a lower albedo of 0.24 – derived from 8 Flora, the principal body and namesake of its orbital family – and hence calculates a larger diameter of 4.9 kilometers.[3]

The minor planet was named for the location of the discovering observatory, Bassano Bresciano, an ancient village in northern Italy. The historic village was under Longobard and Frank control during the early Middle Ages, and then ruled by the House of Sforza and the Venice republic. In the 16th century the former marshland was regained by the two Italian agronomists Camillo Tarello and Agostino Gallo. Monuments in the village include Luzzago's palace and Brunelli's villa. Its church has a Via Crucis credited to the school of Venetian painter Giovanni Tiepolo, one of the great Old Masters of that period.[2] Naming citation was published on 9 September 1995 (M.P.C. 25655).[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 6460 Bassano (1992 UK6)" (2016-11-05 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6460) Bassano. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 534. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "LCDB Data for (6460) Bassano". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Waszczak, Adam; Chang, Chan-Kao; Ofek, Eran O.; Laher, Russ; Masci, Frank; Levitan, David; et al. (September 2015). "Asteroid Light Curves from the Palomar Transient Factory Survey: Rotation Periods and Phase Functions from Sparse Photometry". The Astronomical Journal. 150 (3): 35. arXiv:1504.04041Freely accessible. Bibcode:2015AJ....150...75W. doi:10.1088/0004-6256/150/3/75. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "6460 Bassano (1992 UK6)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 

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