8318 Averroes

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Discovered by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date 29 September 1973
MPC designation (8318) Averroes
Named after
1306 T-2
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 22983 days (62.92 yr)
Aphelion 3.6926144 AU (552.40725 Gm)
Perihelion 2.6905490 AU (402.50040 Gm)
3.191582 AU (477.4539 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.1569857
5.70 yr (2082.6 d)
0° 10m 22.297s / day
Inclination 0.5169502°
Earth MOID 1.7002 AU (254.35 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 1.68357 AU (251.858 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.177
Physical characteristics

8318 Averroes (1306 T-2) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on September 29, 1973 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory.

This asteroid was named in honor of Muhammad ibn Rushd, a 12th-century Muslim polymath from Andalusia,[2] whose many scientific accomplishments include a study of astronomy. The name "ibn Rushd" was Latinized to "Averroes", as his commentaries on Aristotle were being translated into Latin, bringing knowledge of that famous philosopher back to Christendom, where it had been nearly forgotten. These kinds of Latin translations of the 12th century brought classical and Islamic knowledge into Europe, spurring the Renaissance.


  1. ^ "8318 Averroes (1306 T-2)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Ana Ruiz, Vibrant Andalusia: The Spice of Life in Southern Spain, p. 42.

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