1466 Mündleria

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1466 Mündleria
Discovery [1]
Discovered by K. Reinmuth
Discovery site Heidelberg Obs.
Discovery date 31 May 1938
MPC designation (1466) Mundleria
Named after
Max Mündler (astronomer)[2]
1938 KA · 1950 UK
1952 DF1 · 1963 DJ
A923 GA
main-belt · (inner)[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 93.91 yr (34,299 days)
Aphelion 2.7498 AU
Perihelion 2.0041 AU
2.3769 AU
Eccentricity 0.1569
3.66 yr (1,339 days)
0° 16m 8.4s / day
Inclination 13.147°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 21.46 km (derived)[3]
22.83±6.11 km[5]
23.08±0.34 km[6]
24.954 km (dated)[7]
0.0554 (derived)[3]
11.90[6][7] · 12.1[1][3] · 12.40[5] · 12.53±0.29[8]

1466 Mündleria, provisional designation 1938 KA, is a carbonaceous asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 22 kilometers in diameter.

It was discovered on 31 May 1938, by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth at Heidelberg Observatory in southern Germany, and later named after German astronomer Max Mündler.[2][9]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Mündleria orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 2.0–2.7 AU once every 3 years and 8 months (1,339 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.16 and an inclination of 13° with respect to the ecliptic.[1] Mündleria's observation arc begins with its official discovery observation in 1938. Its was first identified as 1923 GA at Heidelberg in 1923.[9]

Physical characteristics[edit]

The asteroid has been characterized as a carbonaceous C-type asteroid.[3]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the surveys carried out by the Japanese Akari satellite and NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer with its subsequent NEOWISE mission, Mündleria measures between 22.13 and 24.95 kilometers in diameter, and its surface has an albedo between 0.037 and 0.061.[4][5][6][7] The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link derives an albedo of 0.055 and a diameter of 21.46 kilometers with an absolute absolute magnitude of 12.1.[3]


As of 2017, no useful rotational lightcurve of Mündleria has been obtained. The body's rotation period, poles and shape remain unknown.[3]


This minor planet was named after German astronomer Max Mündler (1876–1969), staff member at the Heidelberg-Königstuhl State Observatory where the body was discovered. The name was proposed by Heinrich Vogt after whom the minor planet 1439 Vogtia is named.[2] The approved naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center before November 1977 (H 131).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1466 Mundleria (1938 KA)" (2017-03-05 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1466) Mündleria. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 117. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "LCDB Data for (1466) Mündleria". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ 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". The Astrophysical Journal. 791 (2): 11. arXiv:1406.6645Freely accessible. Bibcode:2014ApJ...791..121M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/121. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d 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 16 December 2016. 
  6. ^ 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 16 December 2016. 
  7. ^ 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 16 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b 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 16 December 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "1466 Mundleria (1938 KA)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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