A three-dimensional model of 93 Minerva based on its light curve.
|Discovered by||James Craig Watson|
|Discovery site||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Discovery date||August 24, 1867|
|1949 QN2, A902 DA|
|Epoch November 4, 2013|
|Aphelion||3.1439 AU (470.32 Gm)|
|Perihelion||2.3655 AU (353.87 Gm)|
|2.7546 AU (412.08 Gm)|
|1669.951 d (4.57 a)|
Average orbital speed
|Dimensions||141.55±4 km (87.96±2.5 mi) (IRAS)
|Mass||3.7×1018 kg (assumed)|
|4.139 cm/s2 (0.004221 g)|
93 Minerva (// mi-NUR-və) is a large trinary main-belt asteroid. It is a C-type asteroid, meaning that it has a dark surface and possibly a primitive carbonaceous composition. It was discovered by J. C. Watson on August 24, 1867, and named after Minerva, the Roman equivalent of Athena, goddess of wisdom. An occultation of a star by Minerva was observed in France, Spain and the United States on November 22, 1982. An occultation diameter of ~170 km was measured from the observations. Since then two more occultations have been observed, which give an estimated mean diameter of ~150 km for diameter.
On August 16, 2009, at 13:36 UT, the Keck Observatory's adaptive optics system revealed that the asteroid 93 Minerva possesses 2 small moons. They are 4 and 3 km in diameter and the projected separations from Minerva correspond to 630 km (8.8 x Rprimary) and 380 km (5.2 x Rprimary) respectively. They have been named Aegis and Gorgoneion.
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 93 Minerva" (2011-12-29 last obs). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- Franck Marchis (October 7, 2011). "Is the triple Asteroid Minerva a baby-Ceres?". NASA blog (Cosmic Diary). Retrieved 2012-01-28.
- Using a spherical radius of 78 km; volume of a sphere * density of 1.9 g/cm³ yields a mass (m=d*v) of 3.77E+18 kg
- "HEC:Exoplanets Calculator/Planet Density, Surface Gravity, and Escape Velocity". Planetary Habitability Laboratory. University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- The occultation of AG+29°398 by 93 Minerva. R. L. Millis, L. H. Wasserman, E. Bowell, O. G. Franz, R. NyeW. OsbornA. Klemola
- Observed minor planet occultation events, version of 2005 July 26
- Franck Marchis (2009-08-21). "The discovery of a new triple asteroid, (93) Minerva". Cosmic Diary Blog. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- M.P.C. 86284[not specific enough to verify]