60 Echo

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60 Echo
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Three-dimensional model of 60 Echo created based on light-curve
Discovery
Discovered by James Ferguson
Discovery date September 14, 1860
Designations
MPC designation (60) Echo
Named after
Echo
 
Main belt
Adjectives Echonian
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 423.339 Gm (2.830 AU)
Perihelion 292.951 Gm (1.958 AU)
358.145 Gm (2.394 AU)
Eccentricity 0.182
1353.002 d (3.70 a)
91.065°
Inclination 3.602°
191.803°
270.477°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 60.2 km[1]
Mass (3.15 ± 0.32) × 1017 kg[2]
Mean density
2.78 ± 0.33[2] g/cm3
25.2 hr[1]
0.254[1][3]
S[1]
8.21[1]

60 Echo is a quite large main-belt S-type asteroid. It was discovered by James Ferguson of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., on September 14, 1860. It was his third and final asteroid discovery, it is named after Echo, a nymph in Greek mythology. James Ferguson had initially named it "Titania", not realizing that name was already used for a satellite of Uranus.[4]

Echo has been studied by radar.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 60 Echo". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 2011-08-14 last obs. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b Carry, B. (December 2012), "Density of asteroids", Planetary and Space Science, 73, pp. 98–118, arXiv:1203.4336Freely accessible, Bibcode:2012P&SS...73...98C, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2012.03.009.  See Table 1.
  3. ^ Asteroid Data Sets Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite
  4. ^ Appletons' annual cyclopaedia and register of important events of the year: 1862. New York: D. Appleton & Company. 1863. p. 173. 
  5. ^ "Radar-Detected Asteroids and Comets". NASA/JPL Asteroid Radar Research. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 

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