26858 Misterrogers

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26858 Misterrogers
Discovery [1]
Discovered by E. F. Helin
Discovery site Palomar Obs.
Discovery date 21 March 1993
MPC designation (26858) Misterrogers
Named after
Fred Rogers[1]
(U.S. TV-personality)
1993 FR · 1952 SU
2000 EK107
Orbital characteristics[2]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 25.37 yr (9,267 days)
Aphelion 3.1466 AU
Perihelion 1.5373 AU
2.3420 AU
Eccentricity 0.3435
3.58 yr (1,309 days)
Inclination 21.900°
Earth MOID 0.6672 AU
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
8.07±0.17 km[4]
8.18 km (calculated)[3]
8.066±0.007 h[a]
0.20 (assumed)[3]
S (assumed)[3]

26858 Misterrogers /ˌmɪstər ˈrɒərz/, provisional designation 1993 FR is a Mars crossing asteroid named after children's television host Fred Rogers.[2] Rogers, who had a lifelong fascination with the sky and astronomy, obtained a pilot's license while still in high school[5]—also produced with the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh a planetarium show called The Sky above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood[6], which is still shown at many planetariums across the United States.[7]

The International Astronomical Union citation reads as follows:[1]

Fred McFeely Rogers (1928–2003) was a tireless and passionate advocate for children who taught that everyone is unique and deserving of love and respect 'just the way you are'. For more than 30 years he used his public television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a vehicle of service to the youngest members of the human family.

The naming was proposed, and citation prepared, by John G. Radzilowicz, Director of the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center.[8]


  1. ^ Skiff (2011) web: rotation period 8.066±0.007 hours with a brightness amplitude of 0.13 mag. LCDB's Quality Code is 3. Summary figures at Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL) for (26858) Misterrogers


  1. ^ a b c d "26858 Misterrogers (1993 FR)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 26858 Misterrogers (1993 FR)" (2015-10-08 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "LCDB Data for (26858) Misterrogers". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b 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 11 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Kimmel, Margaret Mary; Collins, Mark (September 2008). "THE WONDER OF IT ALL: Fred Rogers and the Story of an Icon" (PDF). Retrieved 20 March 2018. Allen taught Fred to fly in a little Piper Cub when Fred was in high school 
  6. ^ "The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" (PDF). Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "The Sky Above Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood". Carnegie Science Center. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Joal. "Mister Rogers, the Asteroid". Eonline. 

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