174 Phaedra

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174 Phaedra
174Phaedra (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 174 Phaedra based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by J. C. Watson
Discovery date 2 September 1877
Designations
MPC designation (174) Phaedra
Main belt
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 31 July 2016 (JD 2457600.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 138.61 yr (50629 d)
Aphelion 3.2658 AU (488.56 Gm)
Perihelion 2.4572 AU (367.59 Gm)
2.8615 AU (428.07 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.14128
4.84 yr (1768.0 d)
330.70°
0° 12m 13.032s / day
Inclination 12.124°
327.69°
289.08°
Earth MOID 1.47439 AU (220.566 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 1.99981 AU (299.167 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.254
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
34.62±2.2 km
5.744 h (0.2393 d)
0.1495±0.021
S
8.48

174 Phaedra is a sizable, rocky main belt asteroid that was discovered by Canadian-American astronomer James Craig Watson on September 2, 1877, and named after Phaedra, the tragic lovelorn queen in Greek mythology.

Lightcurve data obtained from Phaedra indicates a rather irregular or elongated body.

Photometric observations of this asteroid at the Shadowbox Observatory in Carmel, Indiana, during 2009 gave a light curve with a period of 4.96 ± 0.01 hours. This is consistent with previous studies in 1977, 1988, and 2008.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yeomans, Donald K., "174 Phaedra", JPL Small-Body Database Browser, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Ruthroff, John C. (July 2009), "Photometric Observations and Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids 129 Antigone, 174 Phaedra, 232 Russia, 291 Alice, and 343 Ostara", The Minor Planet Bulletin, 36 (3), pp. 121–122, Bibcode:2009MPBu...36..121R. 

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