837 Schwarzschilda

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837 Schwarzschilda
Discovery [1]
Discovered by M. Wolf
Discovery site Heidelberg Obs.
Discovery date 23 September 1916
MPC designation 837 Schwarzschilda
Named after
Karl Schwarzschild[2]
1916 AG · 1951 TB
1965 VJ
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 27 June 2015 (JD 2457200.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 91.51 yr (33,424 days)
Aphelion 2.3919 AU
Perihelion 2.2052 AU
2.2985 AU
Eccentricity 0.0406
3.48 yr (1,272.8 days)
Inclination 6.7325°
Earth MOID 1.2055 AU
Physical characteristics
24 h

837 Schwarzschilda, provisional designation 1916 AG, is a low-eccentric, well-observed asteroid from the asteroid belt, orbiting the Sun with a period of 3.48 years at a distance of 2.21–2.39 AU. It was discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf at Heidelberg Observatory on 23 September 1916.[1]

The main-belt asteroid was named after physicist and astronomer Karl Schwarzschild (1873–1916), who had died earlier that year. He was director of the observatories in Göttingen and Potsdam, known for his work in photometry, geometrical optics, stellar statistics and theoretical astrophysics, most notably for producing the first exact solutions to Einstein's field equations.[2] At the time, it was custom to give feminized names to minor planets.

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  1. ^ a b c "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 837 Schwarzschilda (1916 AG)" (2015-03-16 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (837) Schwarzschilda. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 77. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved October 2015. 

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