99949 Miepgies

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Miepgies
Discovery
Discovered by T. Gehrels
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date 16 March 1972
Designations
MPC designation (99949) Miepgies
Named after
Miep Gies[1]
(Dutch humanitarian)
1972 FD
main-belt · (middle)
background [2]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 15997 days (43.80 yr)
Aphelion 2.9470993 AU (440.87978 Gm)
Perihelion 2.1935148 AU (328.14514 Gm)
2.5703071 AU (384.51247 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.14659424
4.12 yr (1505.1 d)
251.64817°
0.23918094°/day
Inclination 29.430952°
353.35391°
159.87150°
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
9.332±0.113 km[1]
0.040±0.007[1]
14.4[1]

99949 Miepgies, provisional designation 1972 FD, is a very dark background asteroid from the intermediate asteroid belt, approximately 9 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 16 March 1972, by Dutch–American astronomer Tom Gehrels at the Palomar Observatory in California. The asteroid was named after Miep Gies (1909–2010), a Dutch citizen who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II, and who discovered and preserved Anne's diary after Anne Frank's arrest and deportation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 99949 Miepgies (1972 FD)". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 

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