17102 Begzhigitova

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17102 Begzhigitova
Discovery [1]
Discovered by LINEAR
Discovery site Lincoln Lab's ETS
Discovery date 10 May 1999
MPC designation (17102) Begzhigitova
Named after
Akmaral Begzhigitova [2]
(2003 ISEF awardee)
1999 JB41 · 1990 TD3
1995 DN3
main-belt · (inner)
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 25.80 yr (9,425 days)
Aphelion 2.5479 AU
Perihelion 1.8993 AU
2.2236 AU
Eccentricity 0.1459
3.32 yr (1,211 days)
0° 17m 49.92s / day
Inclination 4.2249°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 2.218±0.106 km[5][6]
2.97 km (calculated)[3]
5.341±0.001 h[7]
0.24 (assumed)[3]
S (assumed)[3]
14.8[1][3] · 14.9[6] · 15.10±0.31[8]

17102 Begzhigitova, provisional designation 1999 JB41, is a stony Florian asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 3 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 10 May 1999, by astronomers of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research at the Lincoln Laboratory's Experimental Test Site in Socorro, New Mexico, United States.[9] The asteroid was named after Akmaral Begzhigitova, an ISEF awardee of 2003.[2]

Orbit and classification[edit]

Begzhigitova is a member of the Flora family (402),[3][4] a giant asteroid family and the largest family of stony asteroids in the main belt.[10]:23 It orbits the Sun in the inner asteroid belt at a distance of 1.9–2.5 AU once every 3 years and 4 months (1,211 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.15 and an inclination of 4° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

The body's observation arc begins with its first identification as 1990 TD3 at Palomar Observatory in October 1990, almost 9 years prior to its official discovery observation at Socorro.[9]

Physical characteristics[edit]

Begzhigitova is an assumed common S-type asteroid,[3] in agreement with the overall spectral type of the Flora family.[10]:23

Rotation period[edit]

In February 2008, a rotational lightcurve of Begzhigitova at an apparent magnitude of only 17 was obtained from photometric observations at Modra Observatory in the Czech Republic. Lightcurve analysis gave a rotation period of 5.341 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.3 magnitude (U=2).[7] However a longer period can not be ruled out.[7]

Diameter and albedo[edit]

According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Begzhigitova measures 2.218 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo of 0.393.[5][6]

The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link assumes an albedo of 0.24 – derived from 8 Flora, the parent body of the Flora family – and calculates a diameter of 2.97 kilometers based on an absolute magnitude of 14.8.[3]


This minor planet was named after Akmaral Begzhigitova (born 1985), an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) awardee in 2003. The Ceres Connection program names minor planets in honor of students in fifth through twelfth grades and their teachers. She was awarded 4th place for her mathematics team project. At the time, Begzhigitova attended the Institute of Mathematics, Almaty, Kazakhstan.[2] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 14 June 2004 (M.P.C. 52172).[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 17102 Begzhigitova (1999 JB41)" (2016-08-04 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (17102) Begzhigitova, Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 106. ISBN 978-3-540-34361-5. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "LCDB Data for (17102) Begzhigitova". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Masiero, Joseph R.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; et al. (November 2011). "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters". The Astrophysical Journal. 741 (2): 20. arXiv:1109.4096Freely accessible. Bibcode:2011ApJ...741...68M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/741/2/68. Retrieved 27 October 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 27 October 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Galad, Adrian; Kornos, Leonard (October 2008). "A Collection of Lightcurves from Modra: 2007 December- 2008 June". The Minor Planet Bulletin. 35 (4): 144–146. Bibcode:2008MPBu...35..144G. ISSN 1052-8091. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  8. ^ 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 27 October 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "17102 Begzhigitova (1999 JB41)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Nesvorný, D.; Broz, M.; Carruba, V. (December 2014). "Identification and Dynamical Properties of Asteroid Families" (PDF). Asteroids IV: 297–321. arXiv:1502.01628Freely accessible. Bibcode:2015aste.book..297N. doi:10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816532131-ch016. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 

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