1300 Marcelle

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1300 Marcelle
Discovery [1]
Discovered by G. Reiss
Discovery site Algiers Obs.
Discovery date 10 February 1934
MPC designation (1300) Marcelle
Named after
Marcelle Reiss
(discoverer's daughter)[2]
1934 CL
main-belt · (middle)[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 83.13 yr (30,365 days)
Aphelion 2.7986 AU
Perihelion 2.7635 AU
2.7811 AU
Eccentricity 0.0063
4.64 yr (1,694 days)
0° 12m 45s / day
Inclination 9.5482°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 27.64 km (derived)[3]
27.84±1.1 km[4]
28.194±0.141 km[5]
30.86±9.65 km[6]
30.866±0.392 km[7]
33.34±0.45 km[8]
33.92±9.86 km[9]
41.27±2.37 km[10]
12 h[11]
0.0637 (derived)[3]
SMASS = Cg [1] · C[3]
10.9[4][7][8] · 11.4[1][3][6][10] · 11.48[9] · 11.51±0.36[12]

1300 Marcelle, provisional designation 1934 CL, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the middle region of the asteroid belt, approximately 30 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 10 February 1934, by French astronomer Guy Reiss at the North African Algiers Observatory in Algeria.[13]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Marcelle orbits the Sun in the central main-belt at a distance of 2.8–2.8 AU once every 4 years and 8 months (1,694 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.01 and an inclination of 10° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] The body's observation arc begins at Uccle Observatory, four days after its official discovery at Algiers, as no precoveries were taken, and no prior identifications were made.[13]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Marcelle is a dark C-type asteroid. On the SMASS taxonomic scheme, it is classified as a Cg-subtype, an intermediate to the rather rare G-type asteroids.[1]

Rotation period[edit]

The so-far only rotational lightcurve of Marcelle was obtained from photometric observations taken by French amateur astronomer René Roy in January 2008. Light-curve analysis gave a rotation period of 12 hours and a low brightness variation of 0.05 magnitude (U=2).[11]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the surveys carried out by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite IRAS, the Japanese Akari satellite, and NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Marcelle measures between 27.84 and 33.92 kilometers in diameter, and its surface has an albedo between 0.03 and 0.010 (ignoring preliminary results).[4][5][6][8][9] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link derives an albedo of 0.0637 and a diameter of 27.64 kilometers with an absolute magnitude of 11.4.[3]


This minor planet was named for Marcelle Reiss, the third daughter of the discoverer.[2] He also named his discoveries 1237 Geneviève and 1376 Michelle, after his two other daughters, Geneviève and Michelle, respectively. The official naming citation was also mentioned in The Names of the Minor Planets by Paul Herget in 1955 (H 119).[2]


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  4. ^ a b c d Tedesco, E. F.; Noah, P. V.; Noah, M.; Price, S. D. (October 2004). "IRAS Minor Planet Survey V6.0". NASA Planetary Data System. Bibcode:2004PDSS...12.....T. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
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  8. ^ a b c d Usui, Fumihiko; Kuroda, Daisuke; Müller, Thomas G.; Hasegawa, Sunao; Ishiguro, Masateru; Ootsubo, Takafumi; et al. (October 2011). "Asteroid Catalog Using Akari: AKARI/IRC Mid-Infrared Asteroid Survey". Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan. 63 (5): 1117–1138. Bibcode:2011PASJ...63.1117U. doi:10.1093/pasj/63.5.1117. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
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  10. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Nugent, C.; et al. (November 2012). "Preliminary Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE 3-Band Cryogenic and Post-cryogenic Observations of Main Belt Asteroids". The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 759 (1): 5. arXiv:1209.5794Freely accessible. Bibcode:2012ApJ...759L...8M. doi:10.1088/2041-8205/759/1/L8. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Behrend, Raoul. "Asteroids and comets rotation curves – (1300) Marcelle". Geneva Observatory. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  12. ^ 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 17 January 2017. 
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