|Discovered by||M. Wolf|
|Discovery site||Heidelberg Obs.|
|Discovery date||23 September 1916|
|MPC designation||837 Schwarzschilda|
|1916 AG · 1951 TB
|Orbital characteristics |
|Epoch 27 June 2015 (JD 2457200.5)|
|Uncertainty parameter 0|
|Observation arc||91.51 yr (33,424 days)|
|3.48 yr (1,272.8 days)|
|Earth MOID||1.2055 AU|
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.
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. At the time, it was custom to give feminized names to minor planets.
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 837 Schwarzschilda (1916 AG)" (2015-03-16 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved October 2015.
- 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.
- Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Google books
- Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets
- 837 Schwarzschilda at the JPL Small-Body Database
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