1083 Salvia

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1083 Salvia
Discovery [1]
Discovered by K. Reinmuth
Discovery site Heidelberg Obs.
Discovery date 26 January 1928
MPC designation (1083) Salvia
Named after
Salvia (flowering plant)[2]
1928 BC · 1948 VO
A910 AA · A916 WF
main-belt · (inner)
Flora[3] · background [4]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 107.49 yr (39,261 days)
Aphelion 2.7548 AU
Perihelion 1.9036 AU
2.3292 AU
Eccentricity 0.1827
3.55 yr (1,298 days)
0° 16m 38.28s / day
Inclination 5.1311°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 8.927±0.131 km[5]
10.145±0.028 km[6]
10.28 km (taken)[3]
10.283 km[7]
4.23±0.02 h[8]
4.281429±0.000001 h[9]
S (assumed)[3]
12.1[1] · 12.25[3][6] · 12.25±0.11[7][8] · 12.26±0.51[10]

1083 Salvia, provisional designation 1928 BC, is a stony Florian asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 10 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 26 January 1928, by astronomer Karl Reinmuth at the Heidelberg Observatory in southwest Germany.[11] The asteroid was named after the flowering plant Salvia (sage).[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Salvia is a member of the Flora family (402), a giant asteroid family and the largest family of stony asteroids in the main-belt.[3] It is, however, a non-family asteroid of the main belt's background population when applying the Hierarchical Clustering Method to its proper orbital elements.[4]

It orbits the Sun in the inner asteroid belt at a distance of 1.9–2.8 AU once every 3 years and 7 months (1,298 days; semi-major axis of 2.33 AU). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.18 and an inclination of 5° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The asteroid was first identified as A910 AA at Heidelberg in January 1910. The body's observation arc begins with its official discovery observation at Heidelberg in 1928.[11]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Salvia is an assumed stony S-type asteroid, which corresponds to its observed albedo (see below).[3]

Rotation period and poles[edit]

In March 1992, a rotational lightcurve of Salvia was obtained from photometric observations by Polish astronomer Wiesław Wiśniewski. Lightcurve analysis gave a well-defined rotation period of 4.23 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.61 magnitude (U=3).[8]

A 2016-published lightcurve, using modeled photometric data from the Lowell Photometric Database, gave a concurring period of 4.281429 hours, as well as two spin axis of (165.0°, −59.0°) and (358.0°, −58.0°) in ecliptic coordinates (λ, β).[9]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), Salvia measures between 8.927 and 10.283 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo between 0.2103 and 0.2184.[5][6][7] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link adopts Petr Pravec's revised WISE data, that is an albedo of 0.2103 and a diameter of 10.28 kilometers based on an absolute magnitude of 12.25.[3]


This minor planet was named after the flowering plant Salvia (sage), a genus of herbs or shrubs that belong to the mint family. The official naming citation was mentioned in The Names of the Minor Planets by Paul Herget in 1955 (H 102).[2]

Reinmuth's flowers[edit]

Due to his many discoveries, Karl Reinmuth submitted a large list of 66 newly named asteroids in the early 1930s. The list covered his discoveries with numbers between (1009) and (1200). This list also contained a sequence of 28 asteroids, starting with 1054 Forsytia, that were all named after plants, in particular flowering plants (also see list of minor planets named after animals and plants).[12]


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  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1083) Salvia. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 92. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "LCDB Data for (1083) Salvia". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Grav, T.; Mainzer, A. K.; Nugent, C. R.; Bauer, J. M.; Stevenson, R.; et al. (August 2014). "Main-belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE: Near-infrared Albedos" (PDF). The Astrophysical Journal. 791 (2): 11. arXiv:1406.6645Freely accessible. Bibcode:2014ApJ...791..121M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/121. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; et al. (November 2011). "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results" (PDF). The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 25. arXiv:1109.6407Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...90M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/90. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Pravec, Petr; Harris, Alan W.; Kusnirák, Peter; Galád, Adrián; Hornoch, Kamil (September 2012). "Absolute magnitudes of asteroids and a revision of asteroid albedo estimates from WISE thermal observations". Icarus. 221 (1): 365–387. Bibcode:2012Icar..221..365P. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.07.026. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Wisniewski, W. Z.; Michalowski, T. M.; Harris, A. W.; McMillan, R. S. (March 1995). "Photoelectric Observations of 125 Asteroids". Abstracts of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Bibcode:1995LPI....26.1511W. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Durech, J.; Hanus, J.; Oszkiewicz, D.; Vanco, R. (March 2016). "Asteroid models from the Lowell photometric database". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 587: 6. arXiv:1601.02909Freely accessible. Bibcode:2016A&A...587A..48D. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201527573. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Veres, Peter; Jedicke, Robert; Fitzsimmons, Alan; Denneau, Larry; Granvik, Mikael; Bolin, Bryce; et al. (November 2015). "Absolute magnitudes and slope parameters for 250,000 asteroids observed by Pan-STARRS PS1 - Preliminary results". Icarus. 261: 34–47. arXiv:1506.00762Freely accessible. Bibcode:2015Icar..261...34V. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.08.007. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "1083 Salvia (1928 BC)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1054) Forsytia. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 90. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 February 2018. 

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