128065 Bartbenjamin

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128065 Bartbenjamin
Discovery[1]
Discovered by B. L. Stevens
Discovery site Desert Moon Obs.
Discovery date 19 July 2003
Designations
MPC designation (128065) Bartbenjamin
2003 OK
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 6406 days (17.54 yr)
Aphelion 3.3840301 AU (506.24370 Gm)
Perihelion 2.5876049 AU (387.10018 Gm)
2.9858175 AU (446.67194 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.13336804
5.16 yr (1884.5 d)
73.051551°
0.19103335°/day
Inclination 7.7939753°
223.06359°
181.69399°
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
3.518±0.158 km[1]
0.157±0.016[1]
15.0[1]

128065 Bartbenjamin, provisional designation 2003 OK, is an asteroid from the outer asteroid belt that discovered by Bert L. Stevens at Desert Moon Observatory on 19 July 2003. It measures 3.5 kilometers in diameter, but is irregularly shaped. In March 2008, it was named in honor of Bart Benjamin, Director of the Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, former curator at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, Illinois, and longstanding member of the Peoria Astronomical Society.

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After joining the Peoria (Illinois) Astronomical Society, Bart Benjamin (b. 1958) became a curator at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, making astronomy exciting for the public. He eventually became director of the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College in west suburban Chicago.[1]

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