1852 Carpenter

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1852 Carpenter
Discovery [1]
Discovered by Indiana University
(Indiana Asteroid Program)
Discovery site Goethe Link Obs.
Discovery date 1 April 1955
Designations
MPC designation (1852) Carpenter
Named after
Edwin Carpenter
(American astronomer)[2]
1955 GA · 1931 TT2
1937 WH · 1939 FK
main-belt · (outer)
Eos[3]
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 4 September 2017 (JD 2458000.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 85.66 yr (31,287 days)
Aphelion 3.1958 AU
Perihelion 2.8368 AU
3.0163 AU
Eccentricity 0.0595
5.24 yr (1,913 days)
83.617°
0° 11m 17.16s / day
Inclination 11.176°
95.451°
351.02°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 21.378±0.208[4]
22.9 km
0.1224±0.024
0.128±0.025[4]
11.3[1]

1852 Carpenter, provisional designation 1955 GA, is an Eoan asteroid from the outer regions of the asteroid belt, approximately 20 kilometers in diameter. The asteroid was discovered on 1 April 1955, by the Indiana Asteroid Program at Goethe Link Observatory near Brooklyn, Indiana, United States.

Description[edit]

Carpenter is a member of the Eos family (606), the largest asteroid family in the outer main belt consisting of nearly 10,000 asteroids.[3][5]:23 It orbits the Sun in the outer main-belt at a distance of 2.8–3.2 AU once every 5 years and 3 months (1,913 days). Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.06 and an inclination of 11° with respect to the ecliptic.[1]

This minor planet was named after American astronomer Edwin Francis Carpenter (1898–1963), second director of the Steward Observatory who researched spectroscopic binaries and interacting galaxies. He played a major role in enabling the construction of the Kitt Peak National Observatory.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 1852 Carpenter (1955 GA)" (2017-06-04 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1852) Carpenter. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Small Bodies Data Ferret". Nesvorny HCM Asteroid Families V3.0. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b 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 14 June 2017. 
  5. ^ 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 21 November 2017. 

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