727 Nipponia

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727 Nipponia
Discovered by A. Massinger
Discovery site Heidelberg
Discovery date February 11, 1912
1912 NT
Orbital characteristics
Epoch August 18, 2005 (JDCT 2453600.5)
Aphelion 2.840 AU
Perihelion 2.293 AU
2.567 AU
Eccentricity 0.106
4.112 a
Inclination 15.051°
Physical characteristics
3.974 ± 0.001 h[1]

727 Nipponia is a minor planet orbiting the Sun. It is a member of the Maria family of asteroids.[1]

Nipponia was originally discovered by Shin Hirayama in Tokyo on March 6, 1900. However, he was not able to determine its orbit. After it was rediscovered by A. Massinger on February 11, 1912, Massinger gave the honor of naming it to Hirayama, who chose the name Nipponia, from a Latinization of Nippon (Japan in Japanese).


  1. ^ a b Alvarez-Candal, Alvaro et al. (December 2004), "Rotational lightcurves of asteroids belonging to families", Icarus 172 (2): 388–401, Bibcode:2004Icar..172..388A, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2004.06.008. 

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