7835 Myroncope

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7835 Myroncope
Discovery [1]
Discovered by T. B. Spahr
Discovery site Catalina Stn.
Discovery date 16 June 1993
MPC designation 7835 Myroncope
Named after
Myron Cope
1993 MC · 1990 WV12
main-belt · (inner)[4]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 25.26 yr (9,228 days)    
Aphelion 3.1510 AU
Perihelion 1.9515 AU
2.5512 AU
Eccentricity 0.2351
4.08 yr (1,488 days)
0° 14m 30.84s / day
Inclination 12.961°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 6.21 km (calculated)[4]
10.752±0.061 km[5]
7.43019±0.00001 h[6]
0.20 (assumed)[4]

7835 Myroncope, provisional designation 1993 MC, is a presumed stony asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 6 to 10 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by American astronomer Timothy Spahr at the U.S. Catalina Station, Arizona, on 16 June 1993.[7]

The asteroid orbits the Sun at a distance of 2.0–3.2 AU once every 4 years and 1 month (1,488 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.24 and an inclination of 13° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The first identification of this asteroid was made at the Japanese Geisei Observatory in 1990. However the observation was excluded from the asteroid's orbit determination and did not extend its observation arc prior to its discovery.[7]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the asteroid measures 10.8 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.08,[5] while the Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL) assumes as standard albedo for stony S-type asteroids of 0.20 and calculates a correspondingly smaller diameter of 6.2 kilometers, based on an absolute magnitude of 13.4.[4]

In 2016, the asteroid's spin-rate has been modeled using data from Lowell photometric database, which gave a rotation period of 7.43019±0.00001 hours.[6]

The minor planet was named in memory of famed sports announcer and journalist Myron Cope (1929–2008). He was a color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers National Football League team for 35 years and was the creator of the Terrible Towel in 1975.[2][3] Naming citation was published on 20 May 2008 (M.P.C. 62928).[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 7835 Myroncope (1993 MC)" (2016-02-28 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Pete Zapadka (13 June 2008). "Double yoi! Out-of-this-world honor for Myron Cope". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Dan Gigler (12 June 2008). "And it will land on Cleveland ...". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "LCDB Data for (7835) Myroncope". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  5. ^ 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:1109.6407free to read. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. 
  6. ^ a b Durech, J.; Hanus, J.; Oszkiewicz, D.; Vanco, R. (March 2016). "Asteroid models from the Lowell photometric database". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 587: 6. arXiv:1601.02909free to read. Bibcode:2016A&A...587A..48D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201527573. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "7835 Myroncope (1993 MC)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 

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