63 Ausonia

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63 Ausonia
63Ausonia (Lightcurve Inversion).png
A three-dimensional model of 63 Ausonia based on its light curve.
Discovery
Discovered by Annibale de Gasparis
Discovery date 10 February 1861
Designations
MPC designation (63) Ausonia
Pronunciation /ɔːˈsniə/ aw-SOH-nee-ə
Main belt
Orbital characteristics
Epoch December 31, 2006 (JD 2454100.5)
Aphelion 403.452 Gm (2.697 AU)
Perihelion 313.198 Gm (2.094 AU)
358.325 Gm (2.395 AU)
Eccentricity 0.126
1354.023 d (3.71 a)
23.398°
Inclination 5.786°
337.911°
295.635°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 94.45 ± 7.15 km[1]
Mass (1.53±0.15) × 1018 kg[1]
Mean density
3.46 ± 0.86 g/cm3[1]
0.159 [2]
S
7.55

63 Ausonia (/ɔːˈsniə/ aw-SOH-nee-ə) is a stony asteroid from the inner region of the asteroid belt, approximately 95 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis on 10 February 1861, from the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, in Naples, Italy.

The initial choice of name for the asteroid was "Italia", after Italy, but this was modified to Ausonia, an ancient classical name for the Italian region.[3] Based on its lightcurve, a small moon has been suggested. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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.
  2. ^ Asteroid Data Sets Archived 2010-01-17 at WebCite
  3. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p.21.

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